Group racing returns to The Meadows tonight with 11 outstanding heats of the Group 1 AJS Silver Chief over 525 metres.
The best young male chasers in the land will be aiming to qualify through to the sought-after final on New Year’s Day, worth $75,000 to the winner for the first time in the race’s 48 year history.
Leading the charge for the local chasers is the brilliant Heston Bale, a last start nine-length winner at The Meadows in 30.06, and fresh off a sensational near track record run at Sandown Park. The son of Bartrim Bale and Amelia Bale will start from box three in the seventh heat of the night.
Heat two will see a big battle between recent Group 2 Great Chase winner Fully Advanced (box three) and young star Soda Boy (box two), a winner of six on the trot, including his last two at The Meadows in impressive style. Another interesting clash comes in heat five when pre-post Adelaide and Ballarat Cups favourite Cape Hawke (box eight) takes on Defrim Bale, a litter brother to the brilliant Heston Bale and Bekim Bale, and a winner of two of his three career starts in sizzling fashion.
Interstate stars will be hoping to take the spoils back home with Group 1 winners Spring Gun (box seven, heat six) and Glen Gallon (box three, heat eight) making their debuts at the Broadmeadows circuit. Spring Gun has won five of his last six starts, including four at Wentworth Park under the 30-second barrier, while Queenslander Glen Gallon is fresh off an outstanding victory in the Brisbane Cup, defeating the likes of Dyna Tron and Radley Bale on his way to glory.
The winners, runners up and 10 fastest thirds from Saturday’s heats will progress to the semi-finals on Christmas eve before the grand final on New Year’s Day – an evening full of giveaways for patrons on what promises to be a brilliant night of greyhound racing.
For full fields of Saturday night’s heats of the Group 1 AJS Silver Chief , see tonight’s Meadows greyhound fields.