He feared he might have been nabbed on the line, but Noel Callow got to celebrate a drought-breaking success at Caulfield on Saturday, reports racing.com.

The nomadic jockey partnered the Heath Conners-trained Bel Rhythm to victory in the$40,000 Jack Elliott Handicap (1400m), surviving a late charge from Sir Berus.

The victory was just Callow’s second Victorian city winner for the season, following on from his victory aboard The Cleaner at Moonee Valley on the second day of the 2014/15 season, August 2.

Bel Rhythm scored by just a short-half-head and although the margin was slender Callow said there was plenty of merit to the win.

“I thought the other horse might have got me because mine was a sitting duck because I got flushed out early by Mark Kavanagh’s (Oltre Finito),” he said.

“That’s why I tried to nurse him as long as I could. Full credit to the horse, he stuck his head out.”

WATCH: Bel Rhythm hang on to win



Although just the second winner in Melbourne this season for Callow, it was his 12th statewide success at his 65th Victorian ride for the season.

He later completed a winning double - from only two rides - when he won the $150,000 Group 3 Easter Cup aboard Sertorius.

Callow’s season has been punctuated by a number of stints away from riding in Victoria, however, and since returning from his latest hiatus on 13 March he has ridden eight winners from 22 starters.

Bel Rhythm wasn't Conners' only winner for the day, the Geelong trainer also producingRefer to score an upset win in the final race on the card.

WATCH: Refer win for Conners