2014 Group One Silver Chief Final Preview

The final of the 2014 Group One AJS Corporation Silver Chief at The Meadows is one of the most even fields in recent memory. Based on first split times you can literally throw a Kleenex over the field at the end of the first section, and it’s not much different when it comes to the finish either.

The race could well be decided in the run down the straight the first time, with the charge into the first turn likely to be no place for the faint hearted. Whoever can manage to get through that part of the event unscathed should take a power of beating.

In a race that has a history of producing some of the finest greyhounds of their generations, this years instalment looks like an engrossing battle with any of the eight starters a chance at not only scooping the $100,000 first prize, but also etching their name into greyhound racing immortality.

Box 1
Race Odds
$8.00
Semi Replay
Kid Maximus
Trainer
Paul Akathiotis
Owner
Paul Akathiotis
Prizemoney
$31,765.00
Last 10 Starts
5322642231
29 Months   Fawn   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro Aussie Belle
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $859.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
37 6 6 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
16 54
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
24 3 5 6
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 1
Comments: Paul Akathiotis (Trainer) – “You’ve gotta be quick out of the boxes, you need to run around the five second  mark to lead basically. I’m keeping him fresh, I’ve given him a free gallop on  Tuesday and I’m keeping him fresh until Saturday, you want him to jump out and lead. He has gone 5.04 and 5.05 in trials so he can do it, he can lead. I’m just  hoping to run a good race, there’s some pretty good dogs in there.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.25 30.23 5.07 5..11
Box 2
Race Odds
$3.80
Semi Replay
 Ride the Rails
Trainer
Darren Brown
Owner
Nadine Brown
Prizemoney
$41,630.00
Last 10 Starts
3753224132
27
Months
  Black   Dog   by   Cosmic Chief Pearl Napoleon
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,487.00 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 11 6 4
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
39% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 4 2 1
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 1 0
Comments: Darren Brown (Trainer) – “I’m very happy with the box, I’d much prefer there than out wide. I’d like to see him lead but the dog he ran against last week, Top Innings, he does begin, but he’s gotta be able to get down so if we both begin, I’ve got the fence and there’s going to be a lot of interference coming down to the winning post. You can’t be too confident going into this race because virtually every dog has an identical first split, give or take a length and they’re all evenly matched.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.92

30.19

5.07 5.15
Box 3
Race Odds
$4.50
Semi Replay
Deadly Vane
Trainer
Joe Borg
Owner
Deadly Capers Syndicate
Prizemoney
$31,060.00
Last 10 Starts
4511161511
24
Months
  Blue   Dog   by   Vee Man Vane Surfing Idol
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,824.00 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 7 0 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
64% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 4 0 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: Joe Borg (Trainer) – “I’m happy with him being on the inside even though he’s had most of his starts on the outside. Box three is new to him so we really have no idea what he’s going to do, but hopefully he pings straight to the front. The four wins he has had there, he has began well but still found interference. In this type of race, a Group One final, you’d prefer no interference at all. That’s what we are hoping for, a clean start and a clean run to the first turn, that will set up the race for him.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.09 30.23 5.09 5.15
Box 4
Race Odds
$5.00
Semi Replay
Veetee Turbo
Trainer
Michelle Mallia-Magri
Owner
Vince Tullio
Prizemoney
$31,550.00
Last 10 Starts
5541141112

31 Months

  Black   Dog   by   Bombastic Shiraz Katie’s Tears
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating  $1,262.00 Rating 100 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
25 12 1 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
48% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 6 1 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Comments: Michelle Mallia-Magri (Trainer) – “He’s probably the most unlucky dog I’ve got in the shed when it comes to box draws. You have to lead in these races. I think the two (Ride The Rails) goes to the fence, so if he jumps I’m just hoping I can beat Deadly Vane out of the boxes and at worst, I’ll have a sit on the two. That’s my aim anyway, it doesn’t always work out that way unfortunately.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.93 30.34 5.09 5.16
Box 5
Race Odds
$13
Semi Replay
Empire Allen
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Janice Wheeler
Prizemoney
$38,245.00
Last 10 Starts
1133317332
28 Months   Black   Dog   by   Fear Zafonic Dyna Celeste
Start Good Running Rail Finish

Moderate

Prizemoney Rating $1,416.00 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 8 5 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
30% 81%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 2 3 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: Andrea Dailly (Trainer) – “The box isn’t great, but he chases hard, we’ve just gotta hope he gets a clear run early. He doesn’t ping the boxes but he does accelerate quite quickly. He’d be a chance of leading if they left him alone early but realistically I don’t think he will lead.“
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.21 30.19 5.11 5.11
Box 6
Race Odds
$21
Semi Replay
Beckenbauer
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Dragan Dodic
Prizemoney
$11,955.00
Last 10 Starts
1212361222
27 Months   Fawn   Dog   by   Bartrim Bale Coulta Gold
Start Good Running Rail Finish Moderate
Prizemoney Rating $920.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 4 6 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 3 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Comments: Darren McDonald (Trainer) – “He’s probably going to struggle. Box six has given him no favours. He’s only a young dog, he’s up against the odds with the dogs that are in there but he’s got a little chance I suppose. He’s a leader, if he gets to the front he could maybe run a place. He’s not overly strong at this stage so he’ll have to get to the front and get a bit of a break and hope they crash behind.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.26 5.11 5.15
Box 7
Race Odds
$4.00
Semi Replay
Top Innings
Trainer
Jeffrey Britton
Owner
Quill Ponting Syndicate
Prizemoney
$23,290.00
Last 10 Starts
2116513411
26 Months   Black   Dog   by   High Earner Ricky’s Angel
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,117.00 Rating 96 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 5 1 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
45% 73%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 3 0 0
Comments: Jeffrey Britton (Trainer) – “He will have to lead, he won’t be coming from behind and there’s probably a few in the race like that. If he misses it from out there, well you’re in big strife. I’m sure if there’s a little bit of buffeting around the first turn it won’t bother him, he’s a pretty good chaser, but we have to be up the front. You just hope he does everything right.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.98 30.11 5.04 5.15
Box 8
Race Odds
$6.50
Semi Replay
Ollie Bale
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$29,740.00
Last 10 Starts
2164555121
27 Months   Black   Dog   by   Go Wild Teddy Zambola Bale
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating  $1,293.00 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
23 6 5 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
26% 61%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 2 3 1
       
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: Andrea Dailly (Trainer) – “I would like him out wide if it was anywhere but the Meadows, it’s very hard to get across from the pink at the Meadows. He’ll need to really come out flying. I’d like him to be in the first couple.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.09 30.09 5.07 5.15
1st Res
Race Odds
Scratched
Semi Replay
Gimme Fuel 
Trainer
Kelly Bravo
Owner
Paul Westerveld
Prizemoney
$27,630.00
Last 10 Starts
4137177823
27 Months   Black & White   Dog   by   Dyna Lachlan Runway Model
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,842.00 Rating 92 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 7 1 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
47% 67%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 1 2
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Found trouble last week, with a clear run in this field he could give some cheek.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.30 5.01 5.16
2nd Res
Race Odds
Scratched
Semi Replay
Keybow
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Kelvin Lean
Prizemoney
$31,045.00
Last 10 Starts
6211443131

25
Months

  Black   Dog   by   Take The Kitty Key Exit
Start Moderate Running Wide Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating  $2,218.00 Rating 99 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 7 2 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 1 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A  N/A
Comments: Promising young dog who would be in this up to his ears if he gained a start.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.94 30.35 5.11 5.19

Top Innings looks to hold all the aces in this race. If he can begin and lead from box seven then it could be all over. Should he miss the start, look for Ride The Rails in box two or Veetee Turbo in box four to capitalise on their opportunity. Deadly Vane and Ollie Bale can also loom as big dangers if they can land anywhere near the speed as they go down the back. This is shaping up as one heck of a race.

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