Incentivise (Image: Michael McInally)
Peter Moody isn't sure what his new charge, Incentivise, will produce in his maiden Group 1 race on Saturday at Flemington but, like much of the racing fraternity, he's excited to find out.
Incentivise has won his past six races by an average of more than 7.5 lengths, including a 12-length romp in the G3 Tatts Cup last start, which to date is the highest grade he has contested.
"I don't know what's under the bonnet because we haven't had to push the button because everything he does, he does with such ease," Moody said on his podcast, Moody On The Mic.
"He went down to Cranbourne and just cantered around in a trial and (jockey) Brett Prebble got off and said 'Listen, I could have won that by half a lap'."
All of Incentivise's runs to date have been under Toowoomba-based original trainer and managing owner Steve Tregea who, when he realised the calibre of horse he had on his hands, opted to send him to Melbourne and into the care of his fellow Queenslander Moody.
He made his way south to Moody's Pakenham stables in late July and, since arriving, has left the former trainer of Black Caviar in awe at his relatively limited work.
"I've been using an old horse of mine called Shepherd as his lead horse on the gallops and, listen he's a Benchmark 70 horse on a Wednesday but he rolls along at a nice clip, and this bloke has just been pulling handstands and pulling up and rolling a smoke at the furlong while he's been waiting for him," Moody said with a smile.
"The fact that he's a big, athletic horse and doesn't need a lot of work, he hasn't had a searching strong gallop since he's been here but, by gee, he does look impressive."
Incentivise has been smashed in early betting for the Makybe Diva Stakes.
"Is he sharp enough to win a mile Group 1 first-up? I hope the ratings people have it right," Moody said.
"He's meeting 10 individual Group 1 winners here and, in his whole career, he's beaten one, Mirage Dancer, that won a Metropolitan and has won about once in five years.
"This is a whole different ball game."
While as confident as he can be heading into the Makybe Diva Stakes, Moody noted he would be much better suited when out to the 2000m of the Turnbull Stakes on October 2.