Former trainer pleads guilty after Twitter outburst
RACING: Former champion trainer Peter Moody has been fined $3000 over two tweets stewards found "prejudicial to the interests of racing".
Moody, who quit training last year while serving a six-month suspension for unintentionally administering excessive levels of cobalt to Lidari in 2014, pleaded guilty to conduct prejudicial to the image, interests or welfare of racing.
Famed for guiding Black Caviar through an unbeaten 25-start career, Moody was questioned over the tweets made on Wednesday.
The first said:"Any truth a leading vic stable has COBALT positive in nsw where they have few runners compared to home state".
The second said: "Feed the same for horses in both stables. Maybe RVL not testing for COBALT at moment. Couldn't risk more positives".
Lindsay Park's David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig responded at the time on Twitter with: "Rumour mill going crazy.
"FACT: Lindsay Park DO NOT have a positive to Cobalt, or any other medication in Vic/NSW or anywhere else #fakenews".
Moody, now a registered owner, responded with: "Plenty denials. Don't believe I mentioned any names. At least trainers are now receiving warnings. For the better".
Stewards said it was reasonable to assume the reference to "leading vic stable" meant Moody was targeting either Lindsay Park or Darren Weir.
Moody disagreed, saying he had between "10 and 15 horses with Lindsay Park and I have a relationship with Lindsay Park. I'm surprised they outed themselves".
Admitting the cobalt saga had taken a toll, Moody said the issue was an "irritation" and admitted the tweets were "sour grapes".
"I actually don't feel proud that I've done it," he told Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey.
"But, as someone who's lost their livelihood, been ridiculed, portrayed as enemy No.1 and called a drug cheat, I believe I was unfairly dealt with by yourself and your regime.
"Sometimes you shoot from the hip and think afterwards. Two wrongs don't make a right ... I've tried to build a bridge and move on."
Moody said he regretted putting "cobalt positive" instead of "cobalt issue".
Bailey told Moody the tweets were false and designed to "cast aspersions on racing in Victoria and on RV's cobalt-testing regime".
Given the option to plead not guilty and take the matter to the Racing and Disciplinary Board, Moody said: "Much to my disgust, (let's) deal with it today for the good of racing. Guilty.
"I've built this building on previous cases."
Bailey told Moody while the matter was classed as a serious offence, he hoped "things can now move forward".