Heathcote & Munce Chase Record-Breaking Season

July 20th, 2011

With just four meetings remaining in the current racing season, both jockey Chris Munce and trainer Robert Heathcote are edging ever closer to personal milestones.

Heathcote currently has 58.5 winners to his name after a successful day of racing last weekend saw Simmering, Solzhenitsyn and Excellantes produce winning runs.

60 Queensland winners in a season has only been achieved by two other trainers, with the late Bruce McLachlan passing the mark six times and Gerald Ryan achieving the number twice.

While he hopes to join the exclusive club, Heathcote is just pleased to be competing at such a high level of racing.

“I have already hit $3 million in prize money this year after being just under last year,” he said.

“I have a good infrastructure working now.

“What has pleased me the most is that I can go away and everything ticks over as smooth as.

“That’s important and it’s a sign that things are going pretty well.”

While Heathcote is only two winners away from his goal, Chris Munce is just six wins from breaking his personal record of 85 winning rides.

Those 85 winners secured him the 1991-92 Brisbane Jockey Premiership title.

Munce only has two meetings left to break the record but feels the magical number is within his reach.

“I tell you what, I’ll give it a good crack,” Munce said.

“If I can top 80 I will still be over the moon.

“My main goal was to just get the premiership.”

Munce believes that moving back to continue his career in Queensland is the best decision he could have made.

“I have had a number of trainers helping me along the way and it’s been good, particularly without the support of one single stable,” he said.

“Moving back to Brisbane is the best thing we could have done as a family.

“I am enjoying my time up here and to have achieved the goal I set out to, I’m pretty happy about it.”

The jockey is looking to gain some good rides for the upcoming spring and autumn carnivals down south.

“It would be good if I could line up a few nice horses for the carnivals, but if that doesn’t work out I would like to target another premiership and having a better winter carnival next year,” he said.