The same travelling rules apply whether it’s a Melbourne Cup contender or champion sprinter Black Caviar, according to Nickajack Cave’s new trainer Peter Moody.
Moody made a successful raid to England with the great mare Black Caviar in 2012 but has taken over the training of Nickajack Cave, who has travelled from Ireland for a crack at the Melbourne Cup.
Some of Black Caviar’s owners bought into Nickajack Cave along with the owners of 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain, including Gerry Ryan of Jayco Caravans fame.
Moody said Nickajack Cave was ready to run in the Melbourne Cup when he left former trainer Ger Lyons’ stable to enter quarantine last month.
“We’re taking him at his trust but he seems a good bloke Ger Lyons,” Moody said.
“When he left his stable, three weeks ago or whatever it was, he was ready to run in a Melbourne Cup.
“That’s always the rule with anyone that travels.
“When I left with Black Caviar to go to England, she was ready to run that day.”
Trainer Peter Moody (right) will team up with his long-time stable jockey Luke Nolen (left) in the Melbourne Cup. Photo: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images
Moody said the theory left him enough time to either maintain or build a bit more fitness with Nickajack Cave, who was a strong winner at Group 3 level at his last start in Ireland on August 6.
Moody said Nickajack Cave would go straight into the Melbourne Cup without a lead-up run.
“I’ve got two weeks now to taper or train him up, that’s what we’re working with.
“He looks great. He carries good condition.”
Moody he gave a list of riders the chance to put up their hand for the ride on Nickajack Cave in the Melbourne Cup.
But no jockey other than regular stable rider Luke Nolen would commit to the booking so far out from the November 3 race.
Nickajack Cave is a $34 chance in TAB’S latest Melbourne Cup market.
The grey gelding is 34th in the latest order of entry for the $8 million event.
Originally published asCaviar and Cups travel the same to Moody
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