TWO names synonymous with Australian horse racing combined to win the Wangoom Handicap at Warrnambool on Tuesday.
Peter Moody, who trained world-renowned sprinter Black Caviar, had part-ownership in the Darren Weir-trained $19.10 chance Ulmann, which won the 1200-metre race.
The victory took Weir’s carnival wins to nine, eclipsing the career-high eight he achieved at the annual three-day meeting 12 months ago.
He had the quinella in the Wangoom with Stellar Collision ($6.30) finishing more than two lengths behind with Well Sprung ($11.40), from the stables of Mornington’s Lyn Tolson and Leonie Proctor, third.
Moody, who has stepped aside from training, joked the win helped pay the bills.
"I told him Weiry before the race ‘give the battlers a go’ and then remembered he had one of mine in the mix," he said.
"He has no peer at the moment, Darren. We gave Ulmann an extended break with the Brisbane carnival in mind.”
Weir said it was great to work with Moody who was happy to give out simple advice.
“When Pete gave it away he sent us quite a few horses and a few owners, so it’s nice to get a few winners with them I guess,” he said.
“He just rings you up and tells you, you have to get rid of that one.”
Weir said Ulmann’s win was a surprise, given his lack of form in the lead up.
“He’s had a long preparation because he’s had a bit of soreness in the back,” he said.
“His last trial was good but to be honest I thought he might have needed the run today.”
Winning jockey Ben Allen said Ulmann got fired up when Jungle Edge went through the front of the barriers.
"He got worked up before the start,” he said.
“We were able to roll along all right. When they picked up we got wide, he really let down well.”
The apprentice hoop said it was a thrill to win at the Warrnambool carnival and find form.
"I didn't have many rides but the small book I had was good rides," he said.
“I haven't been riding the best so it's nice to be slowly putting the winners together.”
"I told Weiry before the race ‘give the battlers a go’ and then remembered I had a horse in this race.Peter Moody