Improving gelding Belltone (Brahms – Belle Salieri, by Salieri) recorded back-to-back Stakes wins with his strong success in Saturday’s Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) at the Sunshine Coast.
Belltone’s win also made history as his jockey Chris Munce became the first man to ride 100 winners in Brisbane in season when the duo crossed the line 1-1/2 lengths clear of Jetset Lad (Elusive City – Jetset Lass, by Jetball).
Belltone has emerged as one of the finds of the Queensland winter carnival with his two Stakes wins, which also included a victory in the Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) at Ipswich earlier this month. The Glasshouse Handicap was Belltone’s eighth win for Eagle Farm trainer Kelso Wood, who said his charge could join Group 1 winner Sizzling (Snitzel – Admirelle, by General Nediym) on the float to Victoria for the spring carnival.
“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.
“He’s such a relaxed horse in a race, I think he’ll handle 2000 metres in the future.”