By: Patrick Bartley
Racing Victoria stewards inspected the Caulfield stables of Ciaron Maher after reports that suspended trainer Peter Moody had been in the trainer’s area at trackwork and present at his former stables.
Maher has taken over part of Moody’s stables when the Black Caviar trainer retired after being suspended for six months, with another six months suspended, for cobalt doping of horse Lidari.
But RVL had been contacted by some trainers claiming that he had been attending trackwork and purchasing yearlings.
Racing Victoria’s Integrity Department said two stewards attended Maher’s Caulfield stables and held a thorough examination of the barns and also monitored the feeding arrangements in place for the horses.
Last month, all of the stables, tack rooms and adjoining rooms were inspected with investigators confirming that the stables had changed in appearance since Moody vacated the stables and retired from racing.
On that day of the inspection, Sarah Moody, wife of Peter, tweeted: “Stewards probed maher stables this morning looking for clues PGM still training there, not everyone lies & deceives, so pleased to be out!”. Stewards then held interviews, firstly with stable staff of Maher’s and then questioned at length employees who were formerly part of Moody’s business.
Wade Hadley, one of the investigators, said the feeding arrangements and the look of the Maher stable were different.
Stewards then interviewed Maher who gave an assurance that he was the designated trainer and not Moody.
Some of the horses in Maher’s new stable are part-owned by Moody’s wife Sarah, who is a registered thoroughbred owner.
Registered owners are bound by the rules of racing and in this context Sarah Moody has been summoned by stewards to attend an inquiry into social media posts which might be perceived prejudicial to the image of racing.
Sarah Moody’s tweets were aimed at Terry Bailey and made reference to Melbourne’s gangland underbelly.
Moody, who Fairfax Media believes is not a registered owner, has become a paid ambassador for a corporate bookmaker.