Chris Munce is using his experience riding in some of Australia's biggest staying races to help win the inaugural Eagle Way Stayers Series Final.
He has talented filly Ceol Na Mara in the final to be run over 2200m at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Munce, who is now a leading Brisbane trainer, was among the instigators of the series aimed at identifying three year old Stayers in Queensland.
Trainers, owners and breeders pushed for the series as concerns continued about Queensland's poor record in both the local Derby and Oaks in the past 30 years.
Only two locals have won the Derby and two have claimed the Oaks since 1988.
Munce said it was important that the Queensland industry started to look for stayers.
“This series gives owners and trainers a chance to identify possible Queensland Derby and Oaks horses early in the season,” Munce said.
“Previously you really had to wait until just before the winter carnival started and it also gives them a chance to build up prize money levels to qualify for the better races.”
“In the heats we had a win over them both and then they finished one-two when we were fourth in the final heat,” he said.
“We probably got too far back last time but she hit the line well over 2000m indicating the 2200m on Saturday will be no problem,” Munce said.
Munce said tactics would play a major role in Saturday's result.
“So I will have a good chat with everyone and see what we can come up with.”
Munce knows what he is talking about as he has won nearly every major staying race on the east coast, ranging from the Melbourne and Caulfield Cups to a record number of Brisbane Cups.