Starting December 14, champion trainer Peter Moody has his hearing for two separate cobalt charges. Namely presenting a horse (Lidari) at races with an amount of a prohibited substance in it’s system (too which Moody claims he’ll plead guilty) and secondly and more majorly, administering a prohibited substance to a horse, too which he claims he’ll fight vigorously to protect his name and escape a major disqualification.
The facts of Moody’s case have been well documented in the media since he was charged. My question to readers is though,
CAN RACING AUTHORITIES AFFORD TO DISQUALIFY MOODY FROM THE SPORT EVEN IF THEY KNOW HE’S GUILTY???
I’ll elaborate on what I’m talking about with the question I pose to readers….
Peter Moody famously trained Australian racing immortal Black Caviar to win a remarkable 25 from 25 races until her 2013 retirement. Black Caviar will always be known as one of Australia’s greatest ever horses, but would disqualifying Moody taint “Nelly’s” legacy even though she has been cleared of ever having raced with illegal substances having been administered???
Could racing ‘afford’ to have such a huge PR scandal as “Black Caviar’s trainer suspended for 3 years for drug cheating”? The great mare may well be long retired and now a mum, but every Australian still knows Black Caviar. Not just racegoers or sports fans…. She has transcended her sport and all sports in general, she was a well- known public figure. Everyone knew her trainer Peter Moody as well….
What Black Caviar and Moody did for racing was of one the greatest boosts for the industry in living memory, an industry for that hasn’t seen the like since Phar Lap raced during the Great Depression in the 1930’s. They created positivity around a sport in which it is Extremely rare. Racing is a sport so often struck down by bad press, cheating and scandalous stories of ‘no good’ going on.
If they banned Moody could racing handle having its greatest ever poster girl Black Caviar desecrated. It would give racing a huge and very main-stream public “black eye”? Or maybe you could say more aptly it’d give racing a “broken jaw & cheek & fractured skull”!
What do you think. Does racing have too much too loose by disqualifying Moody even if they know his guilt? Is he ‘too big too fail’?
I say YES. He’s too big too fail. He’ll get off in spite of what, if any, damning evidence there may be and get slapped on the wrist with a fine for a lesser infraction! Racing cannot afford to be torn apart by having Black Caviar’s name bandied across newspaper headlines because of an issue totally unrelated to her. It’s not fair or equitable to those who play ‘fair’ and lose out but it’s that nature of the beast.