Dansolei poised to end trainer’s dry run
Trainer Kelso Wood is set to end a rare run of outs with promising three-year-old Dansolei at Doomben on Saturday.
Dansolei will be having just her second start when she tackles the Courier Mail Handicap (1350m).
Wood has been one of Brisbane’s top trainers for three decades, his best horses including the Group One winners Unequalled and Sizzling, along with Magic Millions Classic winner Real Surreal.
However, Wood has been experiencing a frustrating run of outs and has not had a city winner since Seeking More scored at Doomben on April 12.
He has had 27 metropolitan runners since then and 15 of those have finished fourth or better.
Dansolei is set to end the drought based on her impressive debut effort when she finished third to promising filly Pienkna at Eagle Farm on August 6.
Pienkna franked the form by winning in good fashion at Doomben last Saturday.
Dansolei was to have run in that race but Wood instead elected to scratch her in favour of a barrier trial which she won by four lengths.
“As it turned out the track (at Doomben) was heavy anyway,” Wood said.
“I have always thought she would be better over more ground than the 1000m of her first-up run and the 1350m of Saturday’s race should suit her better.”
Wood has enjoyed plenty of success with horses bred along similar lines to Dansolei, who is by Danzero out of Stolen Beauty.
He has won feature races with two of the filly’s half-relations, Real Surreal and Group Three winner Benny’s Buttons.
Wood also has an affinity with the Danzero breed with his former classy mare Zero Rock being by the Danehill sire.
Meanwhile, Wood is also hoping for a change of luck for his grand old galloper Belltone in Saturday’s Courier Mail Qld Taste Handicap (1615m).
Belltone hasn’t won since last October but has been unlucky in several runs in top company in recent months.
Senior rider Michael Cahill will handle Dansolei and Wood’s apprentice Kirk Matheson has the mount on Belltone.