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AFLW: Carlton’s Breann Moody inspired by father Peter Moody’s Caulfield Cup-training triumph with Incentivise

Breann Moody will take inspiration from her father’s return to the top of horse racing and his Caulfield Cup victory when she runs out with Carlton’s AFLW side this season.

Moody was watching from home when her dad, legendary horse trainer Peter, won the five million dollar race but returned to the track to witness the excitement around Melbourne Cup favourite, Incentivise.

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As Flemington welcomed back crowds, Moody relished the opportunity to head trackside to admire her dad’s return from a four-year hiatus.

“It was pretty incredible to see him back at the top of the training ranks and getting all the attention he deserves,” Moody said.

“He has worked so hard for it, year on year, so to see him get some success was pretty special.”

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Camera IconCarlton AFLW player Breann Moody has rich thoroughbred racing links. Michael Klein Credit: News Corp Australia

Incentivise went into the race a clear favourite but was beaten by Chris Waller-trained mare, Verry Elleegant.

Although disappointed Incentivise didn’t claim the victory, Moody said she was still proud it’s endeavour.

“I’d love to say winning the cup but that obviously didn’t happen this year, but hey, coming second in the Melbourne Cup is a pretty awesome achievement,” Moody said.

“It was hard not to be a little bit disheartened. The horse was pumped up a fair bit by the media, and so he deserved to be, he is a very special horse. But coming second is still so incredible.”

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Camera IconPeter Moody and a kiss for the Caulfield Cup trophy. Michael Klein Credit: News Corp Australia

Having grown up surrounded by horses and following her father’s successful career, Moody carried many lessons from her childhood into her 38-game AFLW career.

Although there are not many similarities between horse racing and football, Moody said it was her dedication to horses and other sports as a teenager that allowed her to adapt to the demands of playing football.

“Seeing Dad with the racehorses and from that sort of perspective, it shows how important routine is for not only horses and racing but how we carry that to the AFL as well,” Moody said.

“But also growing up with horses and going through pony club and doing show jumping, it’s a massive commitment so it teaches you about time management, hard work and dedication.

“It’s been pretty special to grow up in an environment with horses but also with Dad being quite successful.”

Striving for victory is in Moody’s blood, with the inaugural Blue attributing her work ethic and drive to her parents.

Her father Peter, alongside Moody’s mother Sarah, had always encouraged their children to be diligent and driven when pursuing their goals, whether that be on a horse, football field or life in general.

“They came from very little and created such a successful business for themselves,” Moody said.

“So the big one is work hard and the results will come but also don’t be afraid to try new things.”

The Moody Family in Belgrave. [from left to right] Cara, 10, Peter, Breann, 8, Sarah and Celine, 8.
Camera IconThe Moody clan when Breann was just 8: Cara, Peter, Breann, Sarah and Celine. Credit: News Limited

This piece of advice has helped Moody establish herself as the league’s leading ruck.

The 24-year-old had a dominant year in 2021 and, for the first time, was named in the AFLW All Australian team.

Her selection as the best ruck in league was “very special” but Moody doesn’t want to become complacent with another family member contesting her for the position.

Moody’s twin sister Celine, an opposition ruck at the Western Bulldogs, congratulated the All Australian but was quick to reinforce the sibling rivalry.

“It was a really rewarding moment but also motivating because I want to hang onto that for the years to come,” Moody said.

“She (Celine) was pretty quick to tell me that she’s going to take it off me next year so I’m looking forward to that battle.”

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Camera IconThere’s a healthy sibling rivalry between sisters Celine and Breann Moody. Mark Stewart Credit: News Corp Australia

Moody will be hoping to replicate her dominant form next season to help guide the Blues to a finals return after finishing seventh in 2021.

Throughout the pre-season, Moody said the Blues are focusing on playing a more consistent and cohesive style of football.

“We are our own biggest challenge. We’ve got some amazing talent in the squad, we just need to get better at putting it out on the field on game day,” Moody said.

“We’re trying some new things this pre-season so I think that will be good just to have a bit of a fresh look.

“We are focusing pretty hard on the work we are putting in now through pre-season so hopefully that work shows off throughout the coming season.”

The sixth AFLW season will start on January 6 with the fixture expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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