Roy Higgins Racing Horse Trainers
Roy Higgins Racing is delighted to have the advantage of using the services of Australia's leading trainers, bringing the best out of our team at all times.
Peter Moody today is one of Australia's leading trainers - the conditioner of the world's highest-rated galloper Black Caviar and the man who trained the 2009/10 Australian Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy.
And besides the champs, he has dominated the Victorian training ranks in the past two years, coming from a Caulfield base of only eight horses a decade ago to break a 32 year domination of the Victorian Trainers Premiership in 2009/10 by the Hayes clan and Lee Freedman.
His extensive apprenticeship has paid dividends as he has drawn on experiences gleaned working for the legendary Tommy Smith and Colin Hayes and his 10 years as Queensland foreman for Bill Mitchell.
Moody made an immediate impression in Victoria, tasting Group 1 success with Amalfi for Ron and Judy Wanless in the 2001 Victoria Derby. Two years later, after travelling to every racetrack in Victoria and building his team to more than 20, Moody closed his Queensland operation to concentrate on his expanding Caulfield base and successes.
Magnus won the AJC Galaxy after placing in both the Group 1 Lightning Stakes and Oakleigh Plate. That was rewarding for owner and breeder Robert Crabtree and partners. Moody then took Cinque Cento to Queensland to win that year’s Group 1 Doomben Cup for the Ramsey family.
It was onwards and upwards from there. In the autumn of 2009 Moody trained three more Group 1s, in three different states. Reward For Effort won the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield, Typhoon Tracy the Coolmore Classic at Rosehill and Markus Maximus the WA Derby.
However it was the 2009/10 season that propelled Moody to racing’s rarefied status. He trained Typhoon Tracy to four Group 1 wins; the Myer Classic, Orr Stakes, Futurity Stakes and NSW’s Queen of the Turf Stakes, to earn her the title of Victorian and Australian Horse of the Year.
Moody had a reputation for handling fillies and mares, but now he was recognised for earning stallion prospects vital Group 1 honours. He did so with Magnus, Reward For Effort and Wanted, and in the Spring of 2010 he added Anacheeva when the colt won the stallion-making Group 1 Caulfield Guineas.
Leon Corstens has been around horses all of his life on both sides of the fence. He was an up and coming jockey in South Australia, until a tragic track fall took race riding away from him. After the fall Leon was approached by the mercurial Bart Cummings to take over the reins as stable foreman, which he accepted and the rest is history. The pair proved a formidable force for 25 years, wining Derby’s, Oaks and numerous Melbourne Cups with such horses as Hyperno, Think Big, Kingston Rule, Shiva’s Revenge, Shaftesbury Avenue and Let’s Elope. In 1994 Leon decided to part ways with Bart to train in his own right and it wasn’t before long that he tasted group 1 success with Cherontessa, wining the South Australasian Oaks. He has trained a swag of group winners including Miss Power Bird, Royale Exit, Night Chaser, Lord Luskin, Magic Music, Mr Martini and the triple group one winner Helenus.