Wodonga trainer Peter Maher uncertain of hot horse's next step

HOT HORSE: Cha Cha King is a last-start winner at Wagga and trainer Peter Maher's son Jack is hoping for another at Albury on Friday. Picture: KYLIE ESLER
HOT HORSE: Cha Cha King is a last-start winner at Wagga and trainer Peter Maher's son Jack is hoping for another at Albury on Friday. Picture: KYLIE ESLER

Wodonga trainer Peter Maher is considering the red-hot Cha Cha King for either the Albury Gold Cup carnival or the Corowa Cup.

The five-year old has had a superb run, racking up two wins, a second and two thirds from his last five runs.

Cha Cha King continued his outstanding Wagga form with a last-start win.

“He ran super, he had 61kg the other day, that’s a pretty big effort really,” Maher said.

“That was an Open Handicap, so he’s gone up through the grades pretty quickly.”

Prior to his Wagga win with jockey Nick Heywood, Cha Cha King finished third at Flemington last month over 1600m.

“We always had a pretty big opinion of him, he’s just taken a while,” Maher said.

“He’s a pretty big horse so it’s taken time, but he’s racing super consistent.

“He led all the way at Wagga, he led at Flemington, he’s up on the pace.

“He’s a big striding horse and he gets out and free rolls.”

Maher remains uncertain of his plans for the in-form horse.

“I’ll just play it by ear, there is a good race for him at the Albury carnival over 1600, I think it’s on the Sunday (March 18) and it’s a $40,000-$50,000 race,” he said.

Maher says Cha Cha King will definitely race prior to the Cup meeting.

“I was thinking of the Corowa Cup, but I’m not sure about that either,” he added.

Meanwhile, Maher has four runners at Albury on Friday.

Chelsea MacFarlane will ride all four.

Fred’s A Goer will contest the first, Here De Thunder races over 1600m, I’m Peter tackles 1400m and Volta Do Mar contests the last.