Group One Silver Chief Classic Final Preview

The first Group One of 2015 is up for grabs on Saturday night at The Meadows when an exceptional field of young sprinters lines up for the Silver Chief Classic over 525 metres.

This year’s final is shaping up as one of the best in recent years with a sizzling showdown expected between Dyna Villa (box one), Dyna Double One (three) and Above All (five).

Dyna Villa won last year’s Melbourne Cup, the richest greyhound race in Australia, and looms as the one to beat from the inside. He has good early toe and is expected to be pushing up for the lead on the first turn. He is capable of posting blistering times so, if in front, the other runners would find it near-impossible to run him down.

Dyna Double One is the boom pup on the scene and is unbeaten in four starts. He ran an incredible 29.52 when claiming his semi-final last week, the second-fastest time posted at The Meadows. If he can get room to gallop early, there is no telling what he is capable of.

Above All recently won the Group One Hobart Thousand in track record time and he is a freak in his own right. He can be a touch slow early but he oozes class and can never be discounted.

Away from the three big guns, there are several highly promising chasers contesting the race.

Midnight Flynn (box seven) is out where he wants to be. He ran a commanding 29.84 when winning his heat two weeks ago. If there is any trouble on the inside, he might be the one to swoop around them from out wide and cause an upset.

Emrys (box two) ran a credible second in his semi-final last week. He is a slow beginner but is ideally drawn to hold his position on the rails and sneak into a place.

The remainder of the field is made up of Wheeler-owned greyhounds in Dyna Quirk (box four), Amaro Bale (box six) and Gorham Bale (box eight). They are all rated at pretty long odds, but it is not unlike the Wheeler Dynasty to provide a feature race winner at juicy odds.

The final is race eight tomorrow night and is set to jump at 9:43pm. Let’s hear what the connections had to say:

Box 1
Race Odds
$2.20
 
 
Dyna Villa
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$494,450
Last 10 Starts
1311131311
October 2012   Black   Dog   by   Collision Roxio
Bale
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $18,313 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 17 2 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
63 93
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 4 2 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
ARG Opinion – Terrific greyhound which is a genuine star of the sport. He is proven at Group One level and is capable of reeling off sizzling sectionals over the track and distance. He has a good mix of speed and strength and is the one to beat from the coveted inside draw.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.67 29.74 5.07 5.10
Box 2
Race Odds
$18
 
 
Emrys
Trainer
Mario Briganti
Owner
The Rat Pack Syndicate
Prizemoney
$21,325
Last 10 Starts
4151142512
January
2013
  Black   Dog   by   Magic
Sprite
Prancing
Uno
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,333 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
16 5 6 0
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31 69
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 2 5 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Mario Briganti (Trainer) – It was a last-minute decision to put him in the series because I was thinking about stepping him up to 600. He is more destined for a career over the middle distance and further. He is still in there with a chance, but realistically I don’t think he can win. The big guns are in one, three and five and I think one of them will win, I will just be happy to sit behind them and run a place.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.87 (2nd) 29.87 (2nd) 5.18 5.23
Box 3
Race Odds
$2.40
Heat Replay
 
Dyna Double One
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$22,990
Last 10 Starts
——1111
March
2013
  Black   Dog   by   Barcia
Bale
Crystin
Bale
Start Fair Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $ 5,747 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 4 0 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
100 100
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 4 0 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
George Dailly (Co-trainer) – Dyna Villa has more experience than him and he has a touch more speed [than Dyna Villa] so I think it is pretty even. If he gets caught behind Dyna Villa, Dyna Double One may not be able to figure out how to get past, it’ll be very interesting. He has had plenty of field trials, but against dogs that don’t know what they are doing, the same as him. It is a completely different kettle of fish to going against Group One dogs. Whatever he does, he will improve on.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.52 29.52 5.07 5.07
Box 4
Race Odds
$23
 
 
Dyna Quirk
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$11,130
Last 10 Starts
——3112

March
2013

  Red
Fawn
  Dog   by   Barcia
Bale
Crystin
Bale
Start Fair Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $2,783 Rating 82
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 1 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50 100
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 1 0
George Dailly (Co-trainer) – He is a good box dog and he has got very nice early toe. He has got ability and he might give Dyna Double One a hard time early so it is a pity that they have drawn alongside one another.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.04 30.41 5.10 5.19
Box 5
Race Odds
$3.90
 
 
Above All
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Alison Lee
Prizemoney
$118,165
Last 10 Starts
1211141121
July
2012
 

Black

  Dog   by   Magic
Sprite
Kara
Janx
Start Fair Running Moderate Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $7,878 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 9 3 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
60 80
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 1 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Robert Britton (Trainer) – It is an outstanding field and he will certainly need a bit of luck to get across from box five. I would like to think that if he comes out well and gets that luck then he will be very competitive. Whether he is good enough to beat the two Wheeler dogs (Dyna Villa and Dyna Double One) I am not certain, but he will be right in it if he gets the opportunity to use his ability.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.76 29.76 5.11 5.20
Box 6
Race Odds
$81
Heat Replay
 
Amaro Bale
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$12,780
Last 10 Starts
1242352312
March
2013
  Red
Brindle
  Dog   by   Kinloch
Brae
Princess
Bale
Start Fair Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,162 Rating 80
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 2 5 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
18 82
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 2 4 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 1
ARG Comment – Regally bred pup that has put in a couple of handy runs during his career but this is an arduous assignment and he will need plenty of luck from the poor draw.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.10 30.21 5.09 5.09
Box 7
Race Odds
$23
 
 
Midnight Flynn
Trainer
Michael Carter
Owner
John Carr
Prizemoney
$27,880
Last 10 Starts
2112311212
June
2012
  Black   Dog   by   High
Earner
Little
Zeva
Start Fair Running Wide Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $2,145 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 7 4 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
54 100
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 2 0
Michael Carter (Trainer) – The way the field is boxed, I give him a good chance. There is a lot of speed on the inside and they have only got to jam up a little bit on the fence … he should be left alone out where he is. If he can get around them going around the first corner then I think he will take a fair bit of catching.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.84 29.99 5.13 5.13
Box 8
Race Odds
$23
 
 
Gorham Bale
Trainer
Steven Collins
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$51,280
Last 10 Starts
43326361121
August
2012
  Black   Dog   by   Batrim
Bale
Amity
Bale
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,654 Rating 82
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
31 10 9 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
32 84
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 5 4 1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Steve Collins (Trainer) – It is a tough draw for a slow box dog and a mad railer. He is a pretty smart race dog, one of the smartest I have ever trained, he can hit the handbrake, wait for the opening, and then go through.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.01 30.16 5.15 5.26
1st Res
Race Odds
$18
 
 
Dyna Yemen
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$43,650
Last 10 Starts
6316146343
July
2012
  Fawn   Dog   by Superman  

Talia
Bale

Start Slow Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,984 Rating 86
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
22 9 1 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41 64
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 6 0 2
Box – Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
George Dailly (Co-trainer) – The dog can really run, given a clear run he can really motor. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him go well if he got a run but he has got to draw near the rails, he isn’t that good drawn off the track.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.87 30.06 5.16 5.27
2nd Res
Race Odds
$31
 
 
Dyna Vikkers
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$4,920
Last 10 Starts
——1233
March
2013
  Black   Dog   by  

Barcia
Bale

Crystin
Bale
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,230 Rating 82
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
25 100
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 2
Box – Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
George Dailly (Co-trainer) – He is stepping up good. He is obviously not going as good as [his brother] Dyna Double One at the moment, but every time he goes out he is improving and figuring out what racing is about. He goes better and better each time, that’s about all you can ask from them.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.97 30.19 5.19 5.24