By Glenn Davis
Rockhampton raider Chivadahlii continued his Cups pillage in north Queensland with a commanding win in the Cairns Cup at Cannon Park on Saturday.
Perfectly ridden by veteran Newcastle jockey Robert Thompson, Chivadahlii cruised to a one length win over Flying Light with Ranked, a further 1-1/4 lengths away third, in the 2100-metre feature.
It was Thompson’s fourth Cairns Cup victory.
Chivadahlii gave trainer Jamie McConachy his first Townsville Cup winner at his previous start on July 29 and now has won three of his five starts for him since being
transferred from Brisbane’s Brian Smith.
“He ran fourth in his first run for me and then he ran second in the Mackay Cup, won a weight-for-age race and then the Townsville Cup,” McConachy said.
“He came to me in very good horse from B.J. Smith and from day one I always thought he’d make a stayer.
“I’ve won a Rocky Cup, Townsville Cup and now a Cairns Cup,” the 56-year-old said.
McConachy normally uses Brisbane jockey Brad Stewart as a rider but he had commitments in Brisbane when Bobby El-Issa won the Townsville Cup on the six-year-old.
“When I heard Robert (Thompson) was coming up again I booked him straight away,” McConachy said.
“The Cairns track can be a bit tricky with its tight turns and Robert had won it three times before this.”
Chivadahlii has now won eight of his 30 starts and earned prizemoney totalling $262,000.
Earlier Rockhampton sprinter Isa Tala made it back-to-back feature wins with a barn storming finish to claim the Lightning Quality Handicap (950m).
Isa Tala, ridden by Wanderson D’Avila, was caught three wide throughout and was worse than midfield before storming home to edge out Sporting Page by a nose.
Platinum Tycoon finished third, only a half head away in a thrilling three-way finish.
It was Isa Tala’s 12th win from 38 starts and boosted his prizemoney haul to $127,700.
Isa Tala is trained by the inspirational Darryl Johnston who celebrated his biggest win as a trainer in the Lightning Handicap at Townsville last month.
Johnston was a former promising apprentice jockey whose career in the saddle was cut short when he was involved in a horror fall which left him a paraplegic at
Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park on December 29, 2007.
Less than a year after the fall, Johnston trained his first winner, Reraise, which won at Mackay on December 22, 2008.
Photo: Taron Clarke
Racing Queensland webnews August 12