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Legendary trainer Peter Moody will be back in Queensland this year to help promote the second TAB Battle of the Bush Series, which gets under way in Gladstone this weekend.
The trainer of Australia’s greatest sprinter, Black Caviar, grew up in Charleville and spent much of his adolescence travelling to country racetracks across Queensland.
He knows just how important the Battle of the Bush Series is to Queensland participants.
“Everybody you speak to wants to win the Battle of the Bush,” Moody said.
“It’s fair to say this series exceeded all expectations during its inaugural year and I can’t wait to see who’ll take out the prize in 2019.”
‘Moods’ will be on-course at his old stomping ground at Charleville to meet and greet locals on May 18. He will also stop at Warwick on May 11 and at Nanango on May 25.
Moody has been a staunch advocate for Queensland country racing. He enjoys a day on a country track just as much (if not more) than a Group 1 meeting at Eagle Farm, Randwick or Flemington.
“Country racing is an integral part of Queensland life,” he said.
“It contributes so much to local communities both socially and economically. Nothing beats the thrill of a country race meeting.”
The 2019 TAB Battle of the Bush Series received a major prize money increase that will see horses race for Listed level stakes of $125,000.
Racing Queensland also announced there would be a $30,000 bonus should the winner be a QTIS registered horse.