Belltone Faces Tough First-Up Assignment

Trainer Kelso Wood is not confident that talented galloper Belltone can win his first-up assignment at Eagle Farm tomorrow.

Belltone does not have a great first-up record, winning only one of his six attempts, and Wood is not convinced tomorrow will be any different.

The six-year-old will be running in the Listed Keith Noud Stakes.

“It’s a hard race and I’m not sure whether he’s spot-on for tomorrow,” Wood said.

“He’s had two barrier trials but I’m not 100 per cent happy with him.

“I was away for a week when I was in hospital having surgery and I’m just not sure if he’s fully wound up.”

Jockey Chris Munce expressed his disappointment with Belltone after he finsihed fifth at his most recent barrier trial.

“He won his first trial at Doomben quite well earlier in the month but he looked a bit disappointing when he was beaten in Tuesday’s trial,” Wood said.

“Chris was a little disappointed at the time but I’m more open minded.”

Belltone is resuming after a very successful last preparation that saw him win six of his seven race starts and finish second by a nose in the other.

The Brahms gelsing has won six of his 19 race starts and earned close to $150,000 in prize money.


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