Peter Moody is confident he'll be a better trainer second time around, just months out from his return to the ranks.
The champion trainer, who trained legend Black Caviar before he was suspended from racing for six months in 2016 for unintentionally administering a prohibited substance to a horse, bought two yearlings on the opening day of the Inglis Premier sales as he boosts his stocks before a return to training.
Peter Moody.Credit:John Woudstra
Moody, who will rent out boxes at Pakenham from Lindsay Park and will be back up and running around late April, said he was excited to get back into it.
"I am [excited]. I'm a bit tentative about it, I've got to learn to get back out there and get on the tools again but not too much has changed," he said.
"I've got no doubt I'll be a better trainer this time around because I'm going to be more relaxed and be able to manage my time much better, and I'll have a smaller team."
His two purchases, a Dundeel colt for $120,000 and a Star Witness filly for $100,000, add to his acquisitions in New Zealand and at the Magic Millions, and he said he would likely buy a couple at Sydney's renowned Easter sales to top off his crop.
"I'm buying for a few clients. I'm not getting big into the spec [speculation] market just yet, I've got the set-up costs and everything associated with that," he said.
"We're buying a few horses for the stable and I'm still looking at buying a few for different clients that'll probably end up at other stables as well. So it's pretty much same-same as the last four years but, say, half the stock I'm buying I might be training myself this time around.
"I'll probably get a handful here, not looking at any big numbers because our stable's not going to be that big, and we bought a few in New Zealand and at the Magic Millions."
But a return to racing means he'll have less time to spend with his wife Sarah and daughters Cara, Celine and Breann, the latter of whom he watched play AFLW for Carlton against Adelaide from his phone at the Oaklands complex on Sunday.
"Unfortunately if it wasn't for the yearling sales, I would have been over in Adelaide watching her play this afternoon but those sorts of things, I've learnt there's more people in the world than Peter Moody," he said.
"I've got a family at home, and I've got to cherish every moment with them."
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