Turf Chat: Kelso has wood on racing rivals

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015

Turf Chat: Kelso has wood on racing rivals

EAGLE Farm trainer Kelso Wood had a 100% return at Ipswich on Friday after claiming two wins with two runners.

Fresh from a listed success on Ipswich Cup Day through Gai Waterhouse Fillies and Mares Classic winner Real Surreal, the affable trainer continued his great success at Ipswich over the past month.

Winner of the fifth race Best of Times made it two from two at Ipswich after his winning first start at the Bundamba course on June 26.

Michael Hellyer retained the ride for Friday on Best of Times after riding the three-year-old in his win of two weeks ago.

This combination has an affinity for the Ipswich track so expect to see a return in a suitable class 3 race over the next couple of weeks.

The first winner for the Wood stable was three-year-old filly Vinnie Loves Me, collecting her maiden win at her seventh race start. Apprentice Bridget Grylls made it her ninth win at Ipswich this season aboard Vinnie Loves Me.

There was another winning double on Friday as former South African Group 1 winning jockey Robbie Fradd saluted aboard Start the Show for Lindsay Hatch and Bergdorf for Murwillumbah-based Matt Dunn.

This double moved Fradd to 13 season wins. Dunn’s was his 17th of the season, though he is still a long way behind Tony Gollan’s lead of 24 wins.


Spring temptation

IT is just over a month until the Sydney and Melbourne Spring carnivals commence.

Punters across the country are eagerly awaiting the elite level of racing that the Spring Carnivals bring.

At the moment punters are looking for positives as a number of issues overshadow the industry.

In Queensland, the control body which is subject to a yet to be implemented restructure, is striving to install a clear direction after the state’s primary track Eagle Farm has sat deserted with little activity following the announcement of a racing closure more than a year ago.

This closure was to allow development which is just now getting close to commencement and the hope is that there will be enough time for the premier Queensland track to be back racing for the 2016 Winter Carnival.

Another issue diverting the punters from racing is the cobalt usage of recent times and the related charges to trainers across the nation.

The latest to be charged was Peter Moody who late last week was informed of such and requested to prepare his defence. These charges are related to imported galloper Lidari who placed in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes in 2014.

As if that is not enough for the industry to manage, Victorian Racing has apparently rejected Sky Racing altogether from a broadcast point of view.

An initial lack of vision for Victorian Racing around Australia has led to a secondary Channel 7 station – channel 78 becoming the current Victorian Racing broadcaster across the nation.

Hopefully these current issues within racing will be pushed to the background in the spring so that racing followers can enjoy the excitement.


Next meeting

THERE is a Wednesday metropolitan meeting at Ipswich tomorrow followed by four consecutive Friday meetings in late July and early August.

Despite a couple of small fields tomorrow, there is a full eight-race card. Premiership leaders trainer Tony Gollan and jockey Jim Byrne are out in full force with only three remaining meetings to complete the season.

There is no trackside function for tomorrow however the following four Friday meetings are fully booked.

There was a shining example of an enjoyable fundraising trackside function last week as the Ipswich Logan Cricket Association conducted the Les Kinnane Memorial Day with plenty of cheer.

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