700 reasons to smile for Moody and Nolen

PETER Moody and Luke Nolen combined for their 700th career win when Fat Al claimed the Yalumba Golden Mile (1600m) on Saturday.

11 years after they won their first race together, Nolen said the milestone was one he cherished.

"It's good to knock off number 700. I'm pretty chuffed," Nolen said.

"It's been a hell of a ride and I've got to thank Peter Moody. He threw me a lifeline 11 years ago and it's really snowballed from there."

Fat Al proved too classy for his rivals in the Golden Mile.

Fat Al won the 2012 Epsom Handicap when trained by Gai Waterhouse in Sydney, but had failed to fire since.

The rain which caused the race to be delayed by the best part of an hour seemed to help Fat Al.

He ploughed through the soft conditions to defeat Bel Thor ($17), with Bass Strait ($7.50) third.

"Full credit to Peter Moody and his team,'' Fat Al's part-owner Steve Bruhn said.

"We've left everything to Peter and the horse looks like he's really turned his form around."

Earlier in the day, Moody and Nolen combined with Splash Of Moet to win the opening event.

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