Munce lands Caloundra treble
GYMPIE trainer Kerry Munce created history at the weekend, becoming the first Gympie trainer to saddle up three winners at a Caloundra meet.
Kicking off a stellar day trackside for the Gympie trainer on Sunday was Piccolo Dynasty. Lillavardee and Bear's Echelon then continued the success.
The achievement impressed Gympie horse racing commentator Barry Fitzhenry.
"Piccolo Dynasty (Eddie Wilkinson $13) revelled in the heavy conditions to lead all the way for a convincing two-and-a-half lengths win in the 1000m Class 1," he said.
The four-year-old horse was well backed after a strong performance at the last Gympie meet and found the Caloundra conditions to his liking.
Taking Piccolo's lead was four-year-old mare Lillavardee ($10, E. Wilkinson) in the Class 1 over 1000m.
The horse clinched the race by one-and-a-quarter lengths.
"Raced by her trainer and Goomboorian owner, Mr P. Avison, Lillavardee had won an 850m Class B at the most recent Gympie meeting," Fitzhenry said.
Finally, adding the icing to Munce's memorable outing was Bear's Echelon. Betting at $41 and ridden by R. Hancock, the horse held strong in the 1200m Class 2 for its Widgee owners, who race the five-year-old in partnership with Munce.
Meanwhile, Gympie jockey Desiree Gill continued a top season on the track in Bundaberg last Saturday.
Gill rode four-year-old Stock Market ($5) to an impressive victory in the 1050m Class 1. The outing was the horse's third start for the Gill stable.
In other results from Bundaberg, Gympie jockeys Ian Coombes and Luke Dillon tasted success while trainer Trevor Thomas joined the winners' circle in the 1600m Class B.