Chris Munce has become the first jockey to record 100 Queensland metropolitan wins during a season courtesy of Belltone saluting in Sunshine Coast's $175,000 Listed Glasshouse Handicap.
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 during 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 during Saturday's Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) after the gelding claimed the Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) at Ipswich a fortnight earlier.
It was a clinical win by the Brahms six-year-old who sat just outside the early leader Sommersea Drive before quickly putting the race beyond a shadow of a doubt upon straightening.
Belltone kicked clear at the 300m and was never going to be headed from there, going on to win by 1.5 lengths over kiwi raider Jetset Lad and 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 and has come away with the cash during five of those outings.
“He has been terrific to the stable,” Munce said.
“Kelso has doen a fantastic job with him. He is a great trainer, a great horseman and this bloke [Belltone] is a deserved winner today.”