The Darren McDonald trainer Silent Guardian is gunning for a unique cash bonus this Wednesday night at Ballarat.
Starting from an awkward box five in the final of the Ballarat leg of the Tri Star Series, Silent Guardian is chasing not only the $7,000 first prizemoney but a $10,000 cash bonus if he can win his second final in the Tri Star Series.
Silent Guardian picked up the first leg of the series with an emphatic win in the first leg of the series at Bendigo winning by 5.25 lengths in a flying 23.92 best of day.
No greyhound has ever been able to win two legs of the series in its three year history despite greyhounds the quality of Birthday Boy competing last year.
If able to annex the Ballarat leg of the series, Silent Guardian will push toward the final heat and final series at Geelong, where a $20,000 cash bonus could be his if able to win all three legs of the Tri Star Series.
Silent Guardian is by Pure Octane ~ Black Chantilly and is owned by the Dare To Dream syndicate who raced his sire Pure Octane – a champion sprinter who won the Australian and Victorian Greyhound of the Year awards in 2005.
Silent Guardian’s dam Black Chantilly was herself a more than handy performer on the track having raced on 55 occassions for 19 wins and 16 placings. During her career she was trained by Peter Giles and was a WA Oaks, Bendigo Cup and Warrnambool Cup finalist. Being another of the progeny from the pre-potent Floodgate – Floodfawn damline, it is no surprise to see her throw a greyhound of the calibre of Silent Guardian in her first litter.
Silent Guardian has so far been carefully placed by McDonald, only ever starting on the one turn sprinting journeys of Ballarat, Warragul, Bendigo, Shepparton and Geelong and mostly in heats where he gets a priority grading advantage over his competition. So far he started on the track 9 times for 7 wins and 1 second.
While his immediate goals are Ballarat and Geelong, it remains to be seen if can take that next step to the longer more competitive environment of two-turn metropolitan racing, something his sire Pure Octane did at evey single one of his 37 career starts.