THE Champion versus Champion Fiji Cup horseracing competition is gaining momentum.
A new racing course was unveiled on Saturday at Naqarai, Yadua Beach in Sigatoka and competition held there was used as a build-up for the main event on Thursday next week.
Koroua Horseracing Club co-ordinator Marika Nagata is impressed with the interest shown by the punters.
$10,000 is at stake in the main Fiji Cup challenge between Fiji's fastest horse Hot Chillie and Stima.
Nagata expects a thriller in the feature event of the day.
"Both horses are training well. Since there is big money involved, we are anticipating this to be an exciting clash."
Meanwhile, in the feature event at Naqarai, B-grade champions Naqiroho defeated Rocky for the $2500 prizemoney.
Naqiroho is the holder of the Tappoo Tui Nabuavatu Trophy in the Koroua competition and is owned by Josh 'Captain Sparrow' Raikuna. Raikuna is the Sigatoka River Safari jet boat captain.
"The preparation for Champion versus Champion is going on well.
"Horse owners are waking up as early as 4am to train their horses and they are also monitoring the diet to ensure their horses have the right speed and endurance to last the race," Nagata said.