Out Of Range wins 2018 Silver Chief Classic

winning the Classic. PIC: Paul Munt.

OUT Of Range ( x Nicki Fields Dec ’15) affirmed his status as one of the hottest prospects in greyhound racing with a brilliant win in Friday night’s Silver Chief Classic (525m) at .

Owned and bred by Darren and Michael Puleio and trained by Seona Thompson, Out Of Range started as the $2.40 favourite off box one and when the lids flew open he didn’t disappoint, racing to the front of the field and defying a late challenge from Degani (Kc And All x Surfonic Nov ’15) to win by just over three quarters of a length in 29.83.

It was the first group win for Out Of Range’s owners, whilst it was also the sixth victory for the Thompson family in the $100,000 to the winner final. Seona’s husband Jason had previously trained five winners of the Silver Chief Classic – Light Of Fire (1994), Awesome Assassin (1996), Ben’s Fury (2005), (2009) and Godsend (2012).

Out Of Range has now won nine of his 14 starts and has earned more than $140,000 for his connections.

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It was a great night for the Fernando Bale x Nicki Fields litter with , which is also trained by Thompson, saluting earlier in the night.

The youngster took on a classy field in the FFA event but was dominant when recording a brilliant 29.71 success – taking his record to 16 starts for 10 wins and three minor placings.

Thompson had a night to remember, also winning a heat of the Group 2 Warragul Cup with her kennel star Aston Dee Bee (Barcia Bale x Aston Elle Apr ’15).

The Melbourne Cup champion was drawn ideally in box one which he used to his advantage, bringing up his eighth straight triumph in a slick 25.49 over the 460m trip.

He will have to overcome box five in the final next week, up against a field including , and .

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