Fred Kersley on Moor Wanted (Image: Racing Photos)
Former Hawthorn star Cyril Rioli has probably never heard of racehorse Moor Wanted or his Peter Chow, but the retired footballer was the driving force behind the Warrnambool trainer notching his first ever win at Flemington on Saturday.
Chow, who is a dairy farmer first and foremost, with a thoroughbred training business on the side, explained after Moor Wanted was backed from $16 to $11 and narrowly claimed the Pin & Win Trophy, that a part-owner's love for Rioli led to Moor Wanted being purchased.
"I saw him advertised and I sent a friend of mine, Stuart Bishop, to go and have a look at him because I was too busy on the farm," Chow explained.
"Then he rang me and he said 'I'm buying him' and I said 'why' and he said 'his brand is 33 over four, that's Cyril Rioli's (number) and four premierships. I've just got to buy him'."
Chow said connections fancied the horse in Saturday's Benchmark 64 as he was coming off some strong form.
"His form has been really good," Chow said. "The straight worried us a bit because, early days, he used to wander around and go in and go out.
"You never knew what you'd get."
Chow is only a part-timer but is enjoying his work with thoroughbreds.
"I've got eight in work. Six racing and two babies," he said.
"I'm only mucking around part-time. I've got a dairy farm so I milk cows and train horses on the side but over the last couple of years, I've got a bit more serious."
Moor Wanted has now raced 16 times for three wins and although Chow has an eye on his home carnival at Warrnambool in May and is aware the horse is a superior wet tracker, he is tempted to keep him in work.
"It's hard to put a horse away that's going as good as him but we'll just see," Chow said.