ONE starter, one ride.
Leading trainer Peter Moody and regular partner Luke Nolen will combine at Ballarat’s Dowling Forest racecourse today.
Nolen will make the trip to Ballarat for his only confirmed ride for the day, on Ezee Ezee, who starts in a 1600m maiden.
The lightly-raced three-year-old, who is Moody’s only runner for the afternoon, has been sent to the races just once in her career, where she placed fourth in a 1200m event at Mornington on January 11.
Beaten under half a length on debut, Ezee Ezee had excuses, with stewards noting that the horse “commenced awkwardly” and was “hampered shortly after.”
The grey daughter of Zabeel finished strongly on that occasion and could be primed for second-up success today.
Moody, based at Caulfield, currently tops the Victorian metropolitan training premiership with 31 wins, nine clear of Peter Snowden, Robert Smerdon and Mick Price.
He also sits second behind Darren Weir in the overall statewide standings, nine winners away from his Ballarat-based rival.
Meanwhile, Nolen is second to Glen Boss in the metro jockeys title race and sixth Victoria-wide behind Brad Rawiller.
Today’s eight-race card is the second consecutive Wednesday meeting for Ballarat after a successful day of racing at the track last week.
The first race of the day jumps at 1pm, with the last to start at 5.20pm.