Moody: Why Aussies are best in the world
Zaaki’s seven length romp in the G1 Doomben Cup shouldn’t throw into question the legitimacy of his rivals, instead it should highlight the quality of Australian trainers.
That’s the view of Peter Moody, who posed the question on his podcast, Moody On The Mic, as to whether Annabel Neasham might get more from a horse than world-renowned trainer Sir Michael Stoute, who care the gelding was in when racing in the UK.
“We see it year in, year out when these horses come out from Europe and people downplay the quality of our racing stock,” Moody lamented.
“I think what should be celebrated more is the quality of our Australian trainers.
“Is Annabel Neasham a better trainer than Sir Michael Stoute? Massive call but she’s got this horse absolutely flying.”
Moody has personal experience in getting imported horses to find extra on Australian soil having trained Manighar to the both the G1 BMW and G1 Australian Cup after taking over from Luca Cumani.
“I was nearly hung and quartered in Europe for the fact I suggested that maybe we improve these horse on these great European trainers,” he said of the Manighar experience.
“Our training methods are much more advanced, we’re much more open minded, we have a lot more scope in the way we go about training these horses, they’re not pigeonholed like they are in Europe.
“They come out here to this environment and I think a lot of them find lengths because they’re a lot better trained.”
Zaaki has improved off every run since resuming down under.
He was sixth when first up in the G1 Doncaster, second beaten a nose in the G3 JRA Plate, won a star-studded G2 Hollindale Stakes by more than two lengths before belting them in the Doomben Cup last weekend.
“Don’t downplay the opposition; I would suggest that this horse has improved in his current environment and maybe he’s being trained better. Maybe,” Moody said.
“Australian trainers, I believe, are the best in the world and they significantly improve these European horses.
“We’ve seen it for a lot of years now, it started with the great Colin Hayes, TJ Smith, Bart Cummings.
“These horses just go to a new level in a new environment, trained differently and trained more open-mindedly that they are anywhere else in the world.”