Top jockey Jim Byrne will partner Apache Chase, who is having his first start since a gallant effort in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm in June.
Experienced hoop Cahill has won the Weetwood once aboard October Grey back in 2006 while Byrne is chasing his third Weetwood after claiming the famous Darling Downs sprint on Seawinne in 1995 and Ceffyl in 2003.
Vandyke was disappointed when Desert Lad drew wide in barrier 14 but remains confident of claiming the Weetwood at his first attempt.
‘We can’t do much about the barrier so it will be up to Michael Cahill to get across and get a good run,” Vandyke said.
“I’ve had a bit of luck with Michael in the past and with any luck we can win.
“His last win in the Goldmarket was very good and since then he had a nice barrier trial.”
Apache Chase is likely to start favourite in the Weetwood Handicap after the four-year-old showed he was well above average during the TAB Queensland Winter Carnival.
He won the Listed Daybreak Lover and Group 3 Fred Best Classic at Eagle Farm as well as finishing second in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas won by Private Eye.