The new Kelso Wood-Patricia Gesler training partnership is up and running and aiming high with two-year-old Snitzkraft.
Wood and Gesler had their first runner as a team with Charcuterie who was third at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Gesler has worked for Wood, a multiple Group One winning trainer, for more than a decade and he was keen to help her break into the training ranks..
Snitzkraft is on course to make his return to racing at Eagle Farm in a fortnight.
The colt was one of the stars of the Brisbane summer, winning two races in good fashion before going for a spell.
Wood elected to miss the Sydney autumn with Snitzkraft and concentrate on the Brisbane winter.
“I didn’t think he was ready to have a trip to Sydney. He has had a nice break and been back with us for a few weeks,” Wood said.
“I have no doubt that he will get at least the 1600 metres of the Atkins on his breeding,” Wood said.
“His dam Power O’Raylee was a very good middle distance mare.”
Snitzkraft is by leading stallion Snitzel who was also the sire of Wood’s 2012 J J Atkins winner in Sizzling.
“If things go right I am keen to take Snitzkraft south for the spring carnivals,” he said.