Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Chris Munce is poised to become a record breaker in Brisbane on Wednesday while in Melbourne a premiership battle between Craig Newitt and Luke Nolen will resume at Caulfield.
Munce needs one win at Eagle Farm on Wednesday to break Mick Dittman's record of 97-1/2 Brisbane wins in a season, set in 1979-80.
If Munce could notch a treble it would give him the honour of becoming the only jockey to reach a century of Brisbane winners in a season.
Munce has six rides on Wednesday and is hopeful of getting on the board to edge closer to the century mark.
"There's no risk in the world it would be a great achievement, but I'm aiming for the one hundred," Munce said.
"It's just one step at a time at the moment. Hopefully I can get the record pretty soon and also get to the one hundred.
"Overall the season I've had has been pretty good. I can't complain."
He said his book of rides looked competitive on paper but weather would play a part.
"We've been getting a lot of rain here all day so it's a bit hard to say what's going to happen," he said.
"But on a level playing field they should be competitive."
The grand slam-winning jockey is already assured of the Brisbane premiership because he is 43 wins clear of his nearest rival, while in Melbourne the title race is set to go down to the wire.
Nolen went to England 10 days ago with a one-win lead over Newitt.
But while Nolen was away with Black Caviar for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, Newitt turned the deficit into a one-win lead with a winner at both metropolitan meetings run in Nolen's absence.
Nolen returns with eight rides at Wednesday's Caulfield meeting while Newitt has seven.
The Australian racing season finishes at the end of next month.