This Saturday night at The Meadows, we edge a step closer to discovering the winner of the AJS Corporation $100,000 Group 1 Silver Chief for 2014. Four magnificent semi finals of the time honoured event will be staged, with the events sure to be keenly contested.
Last week’s twelve heats threw up more surprises than a game of pass the parcel which makes this week’s semi finals all the more intriguing. The top two in each semi final will advance to next week’s big final and gain a chance to land the big $100,000 prize. The two fastest thirds will gain a reserves rug.
Race 3 – AJS Corporation Silver chief Semi-Final 1 – 7:58pm
Veetee Turbo exits box four in the first semi final and will be looking to replicate his slick heat win last week. The Michelle Mallia-Magri trained dog pinged the lids last week and zipped around the track in 29.93. The son of Bombastic Shiraz and Katie’s Tears (Over Flo – Inca Dancer) has won six from ten at the Meadows and looks to be the one to beat. Starting from box six is the Darren McDonald trained Keybow. He showed plenty of track sense to win his heat in 29.94. He has won two from three at the Meadows and used plenty of the track last week, so the wide draw shouldn’t hinder his hopes. The only other winner from last week’s heats in the first semi final is Dundee Toro who will jump from box three. He only registered 30.55 in his win last week which is unlikely to be good enough to be competitive here. Of the others, Nobby Bale should be running on from box eight, while the inside duo of Allen Gizmo and Dyna Fulcrum are drawn to get their chances.
Race 5 – AJS Corporation Silver chief Semi-Final 2 – 8:37pm
The second semi final features the fastest heat winner Shifty Sticka in box five. The Melbourne Cup finalist flew out of box six last week and led them a merry dance in 29.85. If there is any worry for Shifty Sticka it is the fact that Gimme Fuel, who sits in box four, ran a very fast first section last week, that pair will need to stay clear of each other early or risk hampering their chances. Ollie Bale will jump from box two and didn’t have a lot of luck last week. Should he be near the lead early then he could feature heavily in the finish. Frosty Jay Jay from box one is another who looks to have a claim in this event. The key to him is beginning a bit better, whether or not he can do that is another thing. Tiggerlong Chief in box eight has a penchant for the wide draw and won in 30.19 last week after beginning moderately. He’s in this up to his ears. Deadly Boy in box seven has won three from five at the Meadows and saluted in 30.07 last week. He is yet to taste success from this box, but is not without hope in an open affair.
Race 6 – AJS Corporation Silver chief Semi-Final 3 – 8:58pm
Allen Deed in box one holds all the aces in the third semi final. He continued his love affair with the Meadows track last week by coming from well back to win in impressive style. It was his fourth win from six starts at the track and he carved out 29.92 in the process for trainer Andrea Dailly. He is also undefeated in two starts from box one and looks the goods here. Hailstorm Billy sits in box seven and made the most of his opportunities last week to win in 30.07. His form from wide boxes isn’t anything to write home about and he will need luck early. Peloton Bale, in box three, has to be heavily considered here too. He has had six starts for five wins and a second at the track, with that second coming last week. He did find a little bit of trouble in that race so he could go one better with some space early in this one.
Race 7 – AJS Corporation Silver chief Semi-Final 4 – 9:18pm
Rocky Bale jumps from box three in the final semi. He picked himself up from the canvas to win last week in a thrilling last-to-first effort. He registered 29.92 and showed a ton of tenacity to boot. Top Innings has drawn the rails and should be right in this based on his run last week. Top Innings led from box seven in a quick 5.04 and went on to run 29.98. If he can begin as well here, he will give them plenty to catch. Where’s The Surf jumps from box five and is the likely improver in the race. Godric Gryfindor will leave the outside alley after winning a mixing affair in 30.44 last week. He may need to find a couple of lengths to trouble them in this one.