Prominent Rockhampton trainer Jamie McConachy has Chivadahlii peaking at the right time when he lines up in the $100,000 Mater Townsville Cup (2000m) at Cluden Park in Townsville on Saturday.
Chivadahlii is coming off a last start win in the weight for age Townsville RSL Royal Rewards (2000m) at Cluden Park on July 15 and should get a good run after drawing barrier eleven in the original draw with Bobby El-Issa taking over from Nathan Day.
McConachy has steadily increased Chivadahlii’s race distances in the lead up to the Townsville Cup and the Nothin’ Leica Dane five year old is rock solid in condition after winning over the 2000m last start.
“He’s done the groundwork. He’s gone from the mile out to 1800m and 2000m. Our preparation’s been spot on with him,” McConachy told the Townsville Bulletin.
“I won the Rocky Cup a few years ago with a horse called Vandalised so it’s the same type of preparation. Everything’s gone really well with the horse and he’s fit and well.”
McConachy admits that the Townsville Cup will be hard to win but said that Chivadahlii is racing well and has a great chance to win the prestigious North Queensland Cup.
“It’s a prestigious race. It’s one of those races that you dream about winning and we’re in with a big show,” McConachy said.
“Every horse is there because they’re a chance of winning and it’ll just come down to the luck of the run in the race.”
Chivadahlii will clash again with the Glenda Bell trained Fastnet Flyer after running second to him in the $75,000 Mackay Cup (1800m) at Ooralea Race Course at Mackay on July 1.
The Barry Baldwin trained Flying Light heads the weights for the Townsville Cup with 60kg and also has to overcome a horror barrier, gate nineteen in the original draw of sixteen plus five emergencies.