Kelso Wood’s Stables Continue To Flourish

By: Sarah Fortnum
August 5th, 2011
Zero Rock

Trainer Kelso Wood may take Zero Rock (pictured) south for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

Trainer Kelso Wood has big expectations for six-year-old gelding Belltone who will continue his current campaign next Saturday.

The Brahms gelding has won three of his four races this preparation and is showing no signs of letting up.

“We’re running him on Saturday week,” Wood said.

Wood will be hoping Belltone can get back into the winners circle after he finished second by a nose in his last start at Eagle Farm.

“He jarred up a little bit… it took him a couple of days to really come good,” Wood said.

Kelso Wood has only recently acquired Belltone, who was formerly trainer by Paul Dawson.

Since taking over the reins, Wood has employed a new leading technique to help the horse’s chances.

“He use to get back from bad barrier,” Wood said.

“I gave him a couple of trials and he just pinged out and got up there and that’s’ how we decided to ride him.”

The talented Zero Rock is also due back into Wood’s stables after a quick freshen up.

The trainer is yet to make a decision about where to next send the Danzero mare, but speculates he may take her south for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

“When I get close to racing I’ll just sit down and work something out, whether we go to Melbourne or something like that,” Wood said.

“She had a month out in the paddock so it depends how quickly she comes back in.”

Zero Rock was unfortunate to not win any of her five races last preparation.

“She could have won any one of those races,” the trainer said.

“It was just a bit unfortunate that she never got there.”

Anyways is due to tin in Race 7 at Doomben tomorrow after finishing an unlucky fifth in the Ownit Homes Handicap last start.

“He got stuck in behind there with nowhere to go,” Wood said.

“He had a bit of a foot issue, we’re working on him all the time, we’ve got him right now so hopefully he can continue on.

“I think he’ll go good.”

Anyways will come up against stablemate Elusive Port in the race, who is stepping up to the mile for the first time in his career.

“I just thought he needed a bit more distance the other day so I thought I’d put him up to the mile and see how he goes,” Wood said.

“He could lead if we wanted him too, he’s got no weight on his back, but I’ll leave that to (jockey) Chris (Munce).”

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