Lightsaber winning at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
Super Saturday at Flemington will always be a special race day for trainer Peter Moody and will be even more so into the future after he won his first Group 2 VRC Sires' Produce Stakes with Lightsaber.
Of course, Moody has won the day's feature races the Newmarket Handicap (with Wanted in 2010 and the unbeaten champion Black Caviar in 2011) and the Australian Cup (with Manighar in 2012), but had never previously won a Sires' Produce until Lightsaber's game effort on Saturday.
"He's got an unbelievable constitution," a delighted Moody said. "He's just a real racehorse. He just does enough at home to keep you happy without excelling. He just brings it to the races and puts it on the stage."
After two wins from his first three starts, Lightsaber started at $5 and he held a one-and-a-half-length margin on the line over Saif, with a narrow margin to Micro in third place.
WATCH: Lightsaber's win
Lightsaber is also entered for the G1 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes at Randwick on April 3 and Moody said there would be plenty of thought put into a decision.
"We'll go home and think about it," he said. "Do we lift the bar again? He's had his fourth in his first prep, but we saw all the superstars get beaten in Sydney earlier today and the Melbourne two-year-old form stood up. We won't run and hide, will we?
"We'll just hope, first and foremost, the old cliche, we'll take him home and see how he pulls up and we'll have a chat to the ownership group.
"He's done a damn good job for the preparation if this is the end of it. But he's showing me no signs of that yet. We'll see what happens."
Jockey Luke Nolen, who has shared in many of the Super Saturday wins with Moody, said Lightsaber was not a flashy horse, but one that can be depended on.
"He doesn't blow you away at home, he's just a real racehorse," Nolen said. "He's got a good racing style and gives me every opportunity to control his sectionals and kick away.
"He was strong through the line, but he had a softer middle stage. From a soft draw, he was probably handy just a little bit. He's a Group 2 winner and he's got a deep pedigree."