Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Kelso Has Wood on Racing Rivals

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Kelso Has Wood on Racing Rivals

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Brett Kitching

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. …

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