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R OC K HAMP­TON r a i d e r Chivadahlii has pro­duced an ex­plo­sive fin­ish over the fi­nal stages to take out the pres­ti­gious Mater Townsville Cup ( 2000m) at Clu­den Park.

Chivadahlii ($ 4 favourite) was caught up in an epic strug­gle with fel­low Rock­hamp­ton gal­loper Le­gal Pro­ce­dure ($ 7) as they raced to­wards the post, with the favourite hold­ing on to win by a half neck for trainer Jamie McConachy.

Bris­bane horse Fly­ing Light ($ 8.50) came home an­other two- and- a- half lengths back in third.

Fly­ing Light had shot out of the gates to lead the field as they went past the post for the first time be­fore Le­gal Pro­ce­dure pushed for­ward to take up the run­ning at the 1200m.

Jockey Bobby El- Issa was happy to let Chivadahlii set­tle mid­field on the fence be­fore he split the two lead­ers and bolted home to claim the Townsville Win­ter Car­ni­val fea­ture race.

McConachy had de­scribed Chivadahlii’s prepa­ra­tion as “spot on” af­ter the bar­rier draw, but he said it was a per­fect ride from El- Issa which sealed their Cup tri­umph.

“Ev­ery­thing went to plan with the horse’s lead- up races,” McConachy said.

“Th­ese races only come around once in life­time for me and lot of the own­ers so you’ve got to have the right peo­ple on board.

“The horse car­ried 59kg last start and then went down to 54.5kg. There’s not many jock­eys around that can ride at 54.5kg.

“It was a great ride. The horse was a lit­tle bit ex­cited in the boxes, but he ( El- Issa) got him out well. He never spent a penny on him. When they went past the post for the first time, I had full con­fi­dence in him and the horse.”

It was McConachy’s first Townsville Cup run­ner and the con­nec­tions of Chivadahlii couldn’t con­tain their ex­cite­ment as the horse and rider re­turned to the mount­ing yard. “It’s tremen­dous. All the hard work that peo­ple have put in and all their money ( to pre­pare the horse), they were all very ex­cited,” McConachy said.

“I’ve known a few of th­ese blokes since I was in school so it was good for ev­ery­one.”

McConachy is tar­get­ing the Cairns Cup on Au­gust 12 for Chivadahlii’s next start, but he said they would wait and see how the horse pulled up af­ter his Townsville win.

“We’ll just see how he pulls up in the next 72 hours. If he’s right then he’ll go up to Cairns,” McConachy said.

Mean­while, Heart­break Harry com­pleted a clean sweep of the Townsville fea­ture races by Rock­hamp­ton horses with his vic­tory in the Cleve­land Bay Hand­i­cap ( 1300m). The Tom But­ton­trained Heart­break Harry ($ 12) held off a late chal­lenge from Drum­beat’s Choice ($ 5.50) to score by a short half head, with Le Cap ($ 26) three lengths back in third.

McConachy also trained Fil­lies & Mares Bracelet win­ner Starante, while Cheeky Red took out the Guineas for Ricky Vale last Thurs­day, Par­adis Im­pe­rial won the Two- Year- Old Clas­sic for Tony McMa­hon, and Isa Tala won the Light­ning for Dar­ryl John­ston.

SWEET SUC­CESS: Jockey Bobby El- Issa cel­e­brates his Townsville Cup vic­tory aboard Rock­hamp­ton raider Chivadahlii at Clu­den Park. Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

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