2017 Group 1 Silver Chief Classic – form, tips & best odds

Thirty Talks & Zabdon Ferrari

Can Thirty Talks (box three above) claim his second group 1 in the Silver Chief Classic?
THIRTY Talks is the favourite with leading online bookmakers to take out Sunday’s Group 1 Silver Chief Classic (525m) at The Meadows.

The son of Where’s Pedro and Unfinished is a $3 chance with Bet365 and comes into the race on the back of six successive victories, including the Group 1 Brisbane Cup and the Group 3 Ipswich Cup.

The brindle powerhouse will start from box one in the $100,000 event and will be looking to maintain his unbeaten record over the track and trip, having won his heat and semi-final of the series in 30.11 and 30.07 respectively.

If he is successful, the Tony Brett-trained greyhound will take his career earnings to more than $392,000, a figure which would put him in 41st position on the all time prize money list, just behind champion sprinter Brett Lee.

Bookies rate Lightning Frank as the biggest threat to the favourite, with the Matt Wright-trained chaser currently $3.10 with William Hill.

The black greyhound is unbeaten throughout the Silver Chief series thus far, having clocked a scintillating 29.66 in his semi-final victory over Lorenzo Blue.

If he can reproduce that performance there probably isn’t a greyhound capable of reeling him in, however the son of Black Magic Opal and Kirabilli Abbie will have to overcome box five to take home the title.

Matt Machine is on the third line of betting at $4.80 and is another greyhound which comes into the final unbeaten throughout the series.

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Trained by Jamie Ennis, the 34.5-kilogram dog has four wins from as many starts at The Meadows, with his best time being a slick 29.79 effort recorded in his heat of the Silver Chief two weeks ago.

The only other competitor under double figure odds is Reefton Treasure which has drawn out wide in box seven. The son of Turanza Bale and Pindari Bale is owned by Margaret Bannerman and is trained by Anthony Azzopardi, with William Hill declaring him a $5.50 shot.

The smokey of the field is probably Rockstar Troy (box three) for Andrea Dailly – he can be very hit and miss at box rise but if he nails the jump he is capable of leading this field and he can clock sub-30 on the bunny. He is currently $18 with Sportsbet which looks overs for mine.

The remaining finalists are pretty evenly spread – with He’s Loaded (box two), Lorenzo Blue (box six) and Duty Free (box eight) all long odds to win the final.

The Group 1 Silver Chief Classic is race eight on the card at The Meadows this Sunday and is set to jump at 8:07pm AEDT.

Group 1 Silver Chief Classic – runner form and best betting odds

Box One – Thirty Talks
Brindle Dog – 36.0kg – June 2014
Where’s Pedro x Unfinished
Prize money: $292,801
Trainer: Tony Brett
Career: 35: 23-0-2
Box: 4: 3-0-0
T/D: 2: 2-0-0
T/D best: 30.07
Career highlights: WON 2016 Group 1 Brisbane Cup, 2016 Group 2 Richmond Riches, 2016 Group 3 Ipswich Cup, 3RD 2016 Group 2 QLD Derby, FINALIST 2016 Group 1 Winter Cup, 2016 Group 2 Vince Curry Memorial, 2016 Group 3 Gold Coast Cup, 2016 Flying Amy Classic.

Odds to win the Silver Chief Classic: $3 with Bet365

Box Two – He’s Loaded
Black Dog – 31.1kg – March 2015
Spring Gun x As It Goes
Prize money: $6,320
Trainer: Jeff Britton
Career: 7: 1-1-3
Box: 0: 0-0-0
T/D: 2: 0-1-1
T/D best: NBT
Career highlights: WON Sandown Park 30.06

Odds to win the Silver Chief Classic: $26 with Sportsbet

Box Three – Rockstar Troy
Black Dog – 36.5kg – June 2014
Barcia Bale x Glory Of Love
Prize money: $24,543
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 20: 8-7-0
Box: 3: 1-2-0
T/D: 6: 2-3-0
T/D best: 29.94
Career highlights: WON The Meadows 29.94, Ballarat 25.20, Geelong 26.08

Odds to win the Silver Chief Classic: $18 with Sportsbet

Box Four – Matt Machine
Black Dog – 34.5kg – September 2014
SH Avatar x Love To Rock
Prize money: $54,190
Trainer: Jamie Ennis
Career: 25: 11-5-4
Box: 4: 1-2-1
T/D: 4: 4-0-0
T/D best: 29.79
Career highlights: FINALIST 2016 Group 1 Melbourne Cup

Odds to win the Silver Chief Classic: $4.80 with William Hill

Box Five – Lightning Frank
Black Dog – 32.5kg – September 2014
Black Magic Opal x Kirabilli Abbie
Prize money: $61,985
Trainer: Matt Wright
Career: 21: 12-2-3
Box: 2: 2-0-0
T/D: 6: 3-1-1
T/D best: 29.66
Career highlights: WON The Meadows 29.66, Sandown Park 29.56, Warrnambool 25.07

Odds to win the Silver Chief Classic: $3.10 with William Hill

Box Six – Lorenzo Blue
Blue Dog – 35.1kg – February 2015
Barcia Bale x Queen Bluebird
Prize money: $15,865
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 13: 4-4-1
Box: 0: 0-0-0
T/D: 9: 2-4-1
T/D best: 30.16
Career highlights: WON Ballarat 31.04, Geelong 26.06

Odds to win the Silver Chief Classic: $41 with Sportsbet

Box Seven – Reefton Treasure
Black Dog – 35.1kg – July 2014
Turanza Bale x Pindari Bale
Prize money: $56,705
Trainer: Anthony Azzopardi
Career: 33: 14-4-4
Box: 2: 1-1-0
T/D: 8: 4-1-1
T/D best: 29.76
Career highlights: FINALIST 2016 Group 3 Canberra Cup

Odds to win the Silver Chief Classic: $5.50 with William Hill

Box Eight – Duty Free
Black Dog – 35.4kg – March 2015
Barcia Bale x Zelemar Fever
Prize money: $8,285
Trainer: Angela Langton
Career: 12: 3-2-3
Box: 1: 0-1-0
T/D: 4: 0-2-1
T/D best: NBT
Career highlights: WON Sandown Park 30.06, Sale 25.17, Shepparton 25.39

Odds to win the Silver Chief Classic: $41 with Sportsbet

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