Saturday, 30 June 2012
: Chris Munce became the first jockey to record 100 Queensland metropolitan wins during a season courtesy of Belltone carrying on with his superb winter carnival form in the Sunshine Coast's Listed Glasshouse Handicap at Corbould Park on Saturday.
| Chris Munce|
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After kicking off the meeting with a winning double courtesy of Neriani
and Grey Assignment
, Munce recorded his 100th Queensland metropolitan success aboard the Kelso Wood-trained Belltone.
Munce becomes the first jockey to hit triple figures in the Queensland metropolitan jockeys' premiership for a season, eclipsing the 97 ½ winners Mick Dittman rode in 1979/80.
“It was great,” Munce said.
“It was terrific to be able to do it here at Caloundra.
“It is very humbling. It has been a lot of hard work through the year but it all pays off today thank goodness.” Belltone
was chasing back to back Listed wins after the gelding claimed the Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) at the Ipswich Cup meeting two weeks ago.
It was a clinical win by the Brahms six-year-old who sat outside the early leader Sommersea Drive before quickly putting the race beyond doubt on straightening.
Belltone kicked clear at the 300m and was never in danger, going on to win by 1.5 lengths from the honest Kiwi raider Jetset Lad
and Melbourne mare Varenna Miss
“When he got up there and was travelling I knew they weren't going to beat him,” trainer Kelso Wood said.
Now a dual stakes winning galloper, Belltone may have booked himself a ticket to Melbourne for the spring carnival along with stablemate Sizzling
“I might take him to Melbourne with Sizzling,” Wood said.
“I'll see what the options are and he should hold his own down there I think.
“He has been a great acquisition for us.”
Munce has now partnered Belltone on nine occasions fro five wins.
“He has been terrific for the stable,” Munce said.
“Kelso has done a fantastic job with him. He is a great trainer, a great horseman and this bloke is a deserved winner.”
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