By Jordan Gerrans
As the Battle of the Bush heats head to Charleville this weekend, a favourite son of country racing in Queensland will be on track for the race at Central Warrego Race Club.
Of the 16 qualifiers for the 2021 series, six have already been run and won, with two more on the agenda this Saturday, being Charleville and Jandowae.
Training legend Peter Moody, who started his journey in the Downs region of Queensland, is back in the area this weekend alongside a group of mates, including former AFL footballer Sam Kekovich, for the club’s five-event non-TAB program.
The Queensland Racing Hall of Fame member best known for his feats with the great Black Caviar, Moody was unable to attend his beloved Charleville races last year and is keen to get back and see some familiar faces.
“I have been out here for a day already and we are looking forward to the Charleville races on Saturday,” Moody said on Thursday afternoon.
“It is not an unusual thing; I try and get here as often as possible and I was not able to do that last year with COVID.
“It will be good to get out there to the local show and the races on Saturday.
“It is always good to catch up with the people in the bush.”
The Central Warrego Race Club have named races after Moody and Kekovich for Saturday, with the legend trainers race to be a Benchmark 60 Handicap over 1200m.
Earlier this year, Central Warrego Race Club secretary Carrie Wyatt said Moody always loves to get back to his roots, including seeing his friends from his school days at the town.
“He has never changed, when you meet him now, he is the same person he was as a kid,” Wyatt said.
“He will often come back around here away from race days, that was more when he was not training and had more time on his hands.
“He came out a few times for the Battle of the Bush when he was not training.
“He is booked to come out again to speak at a function around our May meeting later this year, which we are all looking forward too.”