Hall Of Famer Hugh Bowman chalked up his 100th Group 1 winner when helping the David Payne-trained Montefilia to a narrow victory in The Metropolitan at Randwick on Saturday.

The star jockey lifted Montefilia over the line following a stirring battle with the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Entente over the concluding stages.

Bjorn Baker’s Harpo Marx ($26) rounded out the podium but it was all about Bowman, who became just the fourth Australian jockey to notch up 100 Group 1s in his career.

Payne will now target the Caulfield Cup with Montefilia.