Peter Moody knew exactly where his priorities lie last Friday night.
The legendary horse trainer, who trained champion mare Black Caviar to 15 Group One victories and 25 undefeated starts, wasn’t at Moonee Valley as his horse, Perennial, saddled up in the last race of the night.
Instead, he was across town in the stands at the Whitten Oval, as a proud father, watching his daughters, Breann and Celine, do battle in the ruck as they faced off against each other in Carlton’s clash against the Western Bulldogs last Friday night.
“I had one runner (Perennial) 10 minutes after the game and she ran second at Moonee Valley,” Peter Moody told aflplayers.com.au.
“I had the mobile phone on the lap after the girls’ match watching it. My wife and I went home and watched the replay of the girls’ match and then the replay of the race and then I went to bed, because I had to get up at 3am for track work the next morning.”
Moody tweeted a photo from his personal Twitter account during the match with a simple sentiment.
“It’s hard work when they’re against one another, it would probably be easier for me if they were on the same side,” he said.
“Here I am as proud as all bloody hell with my two girls playing professional women’s football.”
To show they were not taking sides, Moody’s wife Sarah’s friends had a jumper designed for her which combines the Carlton and Western Bulldogs guernsey into one.
Moody, himself, was dressed for the occasion.
“I wore a pair of navy pants and a blue and red shirt, I thought that represented both sides.”
There was also plenty of additional support for Breann and Celine in the stands.
“We had plenty of the family there and Kara, their older sister, was there,” he said.
“It was actually a bit unusually quiet in the lead up to the match, I think the fact they were coming off losses, they were maybe a little bit subdued, and sadly for us one of them was going to come out one win and one loss and the other zero and two.”
Breann and Celine have trodden along different tracks to arrive at the top level.
Breann was part of the inaugural AFLW match between Collingwood and Carlton in round 1, 2017 and was adjudged the Blues’ joint best and fairest in 2018, while Celine – an Information Systems Technician/Soldier in the Australian Defence Force – made her debut in 2019.
“The girls work hard at it, they really enjoy it, they enjoy the healthy lifestyle and they’re both very competitive girls,” Peter said.
“To see how hard they work and strive to improve themselves, I’m proud of the fact that the girls, when they have children and their children have children, they’ll look back [on them] as pioneers who forged a path for other young women if they choose to go down this road.”
Peter said it was so positive to see the profile of female sport lift immeasurably over the last decade.
“It’s phenomenal, and as a father of three daughters I’ve been very proud to see that. A lot of these girls do a few different sports, and I suppose a shortened season allows them to do that. Whether they grew up loving football or a late comers to it, they’re doing a hell of a job, you’ve got to respect that.”
Despite his long list of achievements in racing, Peter is careful about providing his daughters with too many pointers.
“The only thing I ever say is worry about the things that you can control,” he said.
“Don’t let it upset you or put you off your game. I would suggest I’m probably not the best person in the world to give that advice, so to take it on or not and that’s totally up to them. But like anything in life, get out there and enjoy it, have a good bash. Doesn’t matter if they’re going to work, going to the pub or going to a football match.”