Ollie Bale (8) took out the 2014 Group One AJS Corporation Silver Chief at The Meadows on Saturday night for trainer Andrea Dailly and owner Paul Wheeler. The 31kg chaser registered the time of 30.19 en route to landing the $100,000 first prize.
Co-Trainer Tom Dailly had told ARG in the lead up to the event that he hoped his dog would be in the top two as they passed the post the first time and that is exactly how things panned out.
Beginning as well as can be expected from the extreme outside, the son of Go Wild Teddy and Zambola Bale (Collision – Maple Bale) was fourth to exit the traps and had headed the early leader Kid Maximus (1) by the post the first time.
Despite holding the front all the way up the back straight, Ollie Bale was yet to get to the fence and Kid Maximus refused to relent on the inside as he inched up to within a head of the lead nearing the top of the home turn. But Ollie Bale’s strength proved too much and he finally got the better of Kid Maximus, who checked off the eventual winners heels as he finally moved down to the fence.
From that point, Ollie Bale put on the afterburners and careered away to score by two and a quarter lengths to a gallant Kid Maximus, with Top Innings (7) running a solid race to finish in third.
The win was Ollie Bale’s seventh from twenty four outings and takes his career earnings to $129,740.