Trainer Les Ross hopes a return to training at Eagle Farm will be the catalyst for him to again be a dominate trainer of two-year-olds.
Ross was last season’s leading Brisbane juvenile trainer on the number of wins but he has been having a frustrating run.
He recently returned to training at Eagle Farm and got off to the right start when Mishani Sleuth ($8) gave him his first two-year-old winner of the season in the Sky Racing Handicap (1050m).
Ross has had 26 seconds in all races with the majority of those being in juvenile events this season.
“I hadn’t trained metropolitan winner in months and I hadn’t trained two-year-old winner full stop. Things started to go wrong when they shut Eagle Farm as a training venue,” Ross said.
“I went to Deagon for three months but we are back at Eagle Farm now and back in our usual routine.”
Mishani Sleuth was bred by Ross’s biggest client in Mick Crooks who took measures to break the drought on Saturday.
After a recent meeting where he had several seconds, Crooks elected to scrap his new colours and revert to racing in his old set.
“I had Mishani Sleuth in at the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday but when this field looked like being a bit light we threw him in here,” Ross said.
Trainer Kelly Schweida’s fears the favourite Itz Alrite ($2) might find the 1050m too short were founded when the colt rattled home from second last to finish second, a neck behind Mishani Sleuth.