Ace Aussie hoop Chris Munce celebrated his 100th metropolitan win for the season, the first Queensland jockey in history to do so, when he guided the Kelso Wood-trained Belltone to victory in the 2012 Glasshouse Handicap at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.
While the sun was out for Caloundra Cup Day, the course proper was still rated a Heavy (10) after the lashings of heavy rainfall earlier in the week.
The mud didn’t stop Brahms six-year-old Belltone ($3.80) however as they backed up from a good win in the Listed Eye Liner Stakes at Ipswich to score another black type in the $175,000 Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m).
It was the same winning Glasshouse Handicap quinella as the Eye Liner Stakes with Kiwi visitor Jetset Lad, who jumped $3.40 favourite on Saturday, posting their third second place finish in as many starts during the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.
Their first was to Belltone in the Eye Liner followed by a devastatingly close effort behind former New Zealander Firebolt in the Listed Tatt’s Mile (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 23.
Jetset Lad was beaten one and a half lengths in the Glasshouse, Tony Noonan’s 2011 QTC Cup winning mare Varenna Miss ($7.50) finishing a further length away third.
Munce, who rode two other Caloundra Cup Day winners on Saturday, said he was humbled to have beaten Mick Dittman’s time-honoured record by hitting the century especially at the Sunshine Coast.
“I feel very humble at the moment,” he said on Saturday.
“To win 100 races is something I’ll savour. I remember coming to the Sunshine Coast as a three-kilo claiming apprentice and to crack the century here is very special.”
It was also a special bonus for Munce to have hit the milestone with a win aboard a Wood-trained horse, the jockey-trainer duo having enjoyed plenty of success together of the season including the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes victory with Sizzling.
“Kelso has done a fantastic job with this horse (Belltone) bringing him all the way from a maiden to winning the Glasshouse,” Munce said.
“It means a lot to me to win this race for Kelso. We’ve had a lot of luck together and done a lot of hard work through the year.”
Belltone has now won eight of their 25 career starts for $413,550 in prize money.
Wood said there was a chance they would be bought back towards the end of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival for a shot at interstate success joining the smart Sizzling who is definitely Victoria-bound.
It would be the horse’s first time racing outside of Queensland, Wood confident they could step up to spring class and distance as well.
“I’ll have to sit down and work out what races to run him in but I definitely think he can measure up in a good race down south,” Wood said on Saturday.
“When he got up outside the leader today and was travelling so well, they were never going to beat him.
“He’s such a relaxed horse in a race, I think he’ll handle two thousand metres in the future.”
See below for the full 2012 Reed Property Group Glasshouse Handicap results and finishing order.
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2012 Glasshouse Handicap Results & Finishing Order
Sunshine Coast Race 6 – 3:12pm – 30/06/2012
|1||7||BELLTONE||Kelso Wood||Chris Munce||–||9||56.5kg||$3.80|
|2||3||JETSET LAD (NZ)||John Wheeler||Scott Galloway||1.5L||10||58kg||$3.40F|
|3||5||VARENNA MISS||Tony Noonan||Jim Byrne||2.5L||5||57.5kg||$7.50|
|4||10||MEET GEORGE||Brian Smith||Eddie Wilkinson||2.6L||4||55kg||$12|
|5||12||JOINT CHIEFS||Brian Wakefield||Micheal Hellyer||4.8L||12||54kg||$21|
|6||1||PHELAN READY||Jason McLachlan||Justin P Stanley||6.8L||8||59kg||$8|
|7||8||STEEL ZIP||Pat Duff||G L Cooksley||7L||11||56.5kg||$13|
|8||9||PEPPERWOOD||Liam Birchley||Larry Cassidy||7.5L||1||56kg||$9|
|9||11||DUAL CHAMBER||Rex Lipp||Jason Taylor||7.6L||6||54kg||$10|
|10||14||SOMMERSEA DRIVE||Trevor Miller||Ken Pope||9.5L||7||54kg||$71|
|11||2||VONUSTI (NZ)||Alan L Jones||Glen Colless||12.5L||3||58.5kg||$26|
|12||15||MACHINATION||Doug Duryea||Andrew Spinks||26.5L||2||54kg||$31|
|–||6||ADNOCON||Gerald Ryan||Damian Browne||–||0||–||–|
|–||4||STARTSMEUP||Gillian Heinrich||Jeff Lloyd||–||0||–||–|
|–||13||PROST||John P Thompson||Timothy Bell (a)||–||0||–||–|