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Black caveat: Moody set to apply for new trainer’s licence

At his peak Moody was the leading trainer in the country and become famous beyond racing as he guided Black Caviar to an unbeaten 25-race career with 15 group 1 wins and a win in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot.

Moody would be in line to train Black Caviar’s next daughter to race, who is by I Am Invincible and will turns two in August. The owners of Black Caviar have generally announced the trainer for the champion’s offspring soon after foaling but were waiting to see if Moody will return.

Moody decided to retire after being suspended for six months after being found guilty of unintentionally administering elevated levels of cobalt to Lidari, which tested positive after the Turnbull Stakes in 2014. If he returns he will still have a six-month part of that sentence, which was suspended, hanging over his head.

Moody said Racing Victoria had attempted to “destroy” his career during bitter defence of the cobalt charges and has talked of the dark times and toll of the case took on him and his family.

He left the sport on a high when Flamberge won the group 1 William Reid Stakes on his final day of training in March 2016.

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He trained close to 2500 winners, including 53 group 1 winners and prepared horses of the year in Typhoon Tracy, Dissident and Black Caviar, which won the award for three consecutive seasons.

Moody has remained in racing circles as a regular at yearlings sales as a bloodstock advisor and buyer. He has also worked with bookmaker Ladbrokes and in media, most recently on Channel Ten’s Melbourne Cup coverage.

He has hinted that he would like to return as a trainer in the past couple of years and reportedly told key owners of his willingness to return at the Magic Millions.

Moody’s former racing manager Jeff O’Connor posted a cryptic social post earlier this month saying he was back in the saddle before deleting it.

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