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By Glenn Davis
Rockhampton trainer Jamie McConachy believes Pound For Pound can complete a hat trick of wins when the gelding makes the road trip to Mackay on Tuesday.
Pound For Pound lines up in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap over 1200 metres and looms a strong chance to extend his winning sequence following two wins on his home track at Callaghan Park.
Originally trainer by Tom Button, Pound For Pound has started only four times for McConachy and was an impressive winner last start when he hauled in central Queensland flyer Lepreezy to win by more than two lengths on May 30.
“It was a good win last start but that was over 1100 metres and he's back to 1200 metres and that’s just about as far as he wants,” McConachy said.
“He shouldn’t have any problem travelling up to Mackay but I really think the track there will suit him.”
McConachy has been back training at Rockhampton for the past “five or six” months and taking up a job opportunity following last year’s Townsville floods.
“I took up a job offer from one of my owners to clean houses after the builders got in and fixed up all the flooded houses,” he said.
“I took seven horses up with me and won a race with all of them bar one.”
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McConachy doesn’t believe Pound For Pound is up to the major winter sprints in Central and North Queensland and is just happy to see the sprinter racing.
“He’s a day-to-day proposition as he’s had a lot of feet problems but we’ve managed to get them right now,” he said.
McConachy rates the Garnett Taylor-trained Bold Hunter as the main threat.
Bold Hunter won a maiden on debut at Dalby in March before finishing second to the Lyle Rowe-trained Bantu Bay at Rockhampton two weeks later.
The son of Spirit Of Boom is having his first start since finishing fifth to Shadow Of Time in a three-year-old race at Doomben in April.
“It’s a good field but Bold Hunter is pretty good and looks the one to beat,” McConachy said.
McConachy has trained 14 winners from 66 starters this season for a 21% strike rate.
Born in Toowoomba before moving to Central Queensland 15 years ago, McConachy worked in the coal fields at Blackwater while dabbling in training a handful of racehorses.
McConachy comes from a famous family steeped in training.
His father, the late Jim McConachy and his grandfather Jim senior, were both highly successful trainers in Toowoomba on Queensland’s famous Darling Downs.
McConachy’s father trained many winners during his career, highlighted by the 1983 Toowoomba Cup win from stable favourite Sherona.
His grandfather also won the Toowoomba Cup in 1951 with Daasrae, who also claimed the Ipswich Cup the same year.
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