Trainer cer­tain Chivadahlii can win Cup

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRENT SLATTER trent. slatter@ news. com. au

ROCK­HAMP­TON raider Chivadahlii shapes as one of the horses to watch in this weekend’s Mater Townsville Cup ( 2000m) at Clu­den Park fol­low­ing yes­ter­day’s bar­rier draw.

Chivadahlii will jump from bar­rier 11 for trainer Jamie McConachy who said the five- year- old geld­ing has had the ideal prepa­ra­tion for Townsville’s most pres­ti­gious race day.

Chivadahlii had his first start over the dis­tance at Clu­den Park a fort­night ago, storm­ing to an im­pres­sive vic­tory ahead of fel­low Cup run­ner Ranked, who has drawn bar­rier 14.

Mackay trainer John Manzel­mann has two run­ners in the Cup, with Mis­hani Gla­di­a­tor ( nine) and Know­ing Me ( six) both far­ing well at the bar­rier draw.

The Glenda Bell- trained Fast­net Flyer looks a good chance to im­prove on last year’s 13th af­ter draw­ing bar­rier 10 while lo­cal hope Rock­net will start from gate four for Tony Comer­ford.

But Chivadahlii has the re­cent form be­hind him at Clu­den Park and McConachy was con­fi­dent the horse was primed to do well in the Townsville Cup.

“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 said.

“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.”

Rock­hamp­ton train­ers have al­ready dom­i­nated this year’s Townsville Winter Car­ni­val, with McConachy tak­ing out last Satur­day’s Fil­lies and Mares Bracelet with Starante.

Tony McMa­hon also won the TwoYear- Old Clas­sic with Par­adis Im­pe­rial while Darryl John­ston- trained mare Isa Tala claimed an emo­tional vic­tory in the Light­ning Hand­i­cap.

Chivadahlii will be McConachy’s first Townsville Cup run­ner and he de­scribed the race as one of the best fea­tures in North Queens­land.

“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.”

Mean­while, Far North sprinter Ty­zone will need to pro­duce a spe­cial run to win the Cleve­land Bay Hand­i­cap ( 1300m) af­ter draw­ing the widest bar­rier.

Ty­zone had al­ready been slugged with 57kg by the hand­i­cap­per ahead of his bid to be­come the first three- yearold to win the feature sprint since Sea Zulu in 2006.

His luck didn’t im­prove at the bar­rier draw as the Roy Chillemi- trained geld­ing picked gate 21, but Ty­zone does have a sen­sa­tional record at Clu­den Park with eight wins from 10 starts.

Top weight Craiglea Deken still looks the horse to beat af­ter draw­ing bar­rier four and he’s un­beaten in his past five races in Townsville.

Wind­mill Lane for Ricky Lud­wig will jump from bar­rier 19 as he chases a sev­enth straight vic­tory.

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