Peter Moody: reached 200 winners for the season with Ready To RipPICTURE: getty images
Moody reaches landmark figure at Flemington
Australia: Peter Moody broke new ground in his training career at Flemington on Saturday as he reached 200 winners in a season for the first time.
The victory of former Queensland sprinter Ready To Rip in the Listed All Victorian Sprint Series Final brought up the milestone for Melbourne's premier trainer after earlier wins to Infinite Energy at Flemington and Volando at Morphettville.
Moody was quick to thank the team of owners and staff that have played a part in his season to remember, which has included Black Caviar's Royal Ascot win in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
"It's been a great year. It's pinch yourself stuff," Moody said.
"Obviously with the big trip to Ascot, and to make it 200 wins for the season is a massive effort.
"I know it's an old cliche but you can't do it without the backing of great owners and I've got a terrific staff and terrific group of jockeys that ride for me.
"It's a big team effort and certainly something we're very proud of."
Luke Nolen: 65 Melbourne winnersPICTURE: Masakazu Takahashi
Ready To Rip landed a betting plunge as he made a winning start for his new stable after consistent form in Queensland.
As much as $10 was offered about Ready To Rip on Wednesday before punters stepped in and backed him into outright favouritism.
The four-year-old opened the $2.10 favourite on track before starting at $2.40.
He maintained an unbeaten first-up record as he got the better of Gossip Girl ($7.50) by a half neck with a short head to Del Palio ($8.50) in third.
It was also an important win for jockey Luke Nolen who joined Craig Newitt at the top of the Melbourne premiership on 65 wins. Moody's Melbourne tally moved to 85.
Moody revealed Nolen knocked back the chance of a short-term contract in Hong Kong to chase a third successive premiership.
"So obviously it means a lot to him as well," Moody said.
Ready To Rip was tradesmanlike in his victory and Nolen believes there is nice improvement in the sprinter.
He also said he was more than happy to remain in Melbourne.
"It's a very good job here," he said.
"You very much feel part of the side. Peter Moody has been top of the pops in Australia for a good while now and the man hasn't changed at all and I think that's a credit to the person he is."