Eleven outstanding heats of the $145,000 Group 1 AJS Corporation Silver Chief kick off this Saturday night over 525 metres at The Meadows.
The winners, runners up and the 10 fastest thirds will progress to the semi-final stage of the Group 1 classic on December 26.
Heat highlights include:
Heat one: Melbourne Cup Prelude winner Jesaulenko (box one) looks hard to beat against QLD raider Anti Dentite (box three) and the speedy Deadly Pace (box four).
Heat two: Allen Terminator (box five) has won 12 of his 15 starts and will take on the likes of the well drawn Marley Bale (box one) and the classy Absolute Power (box eight).
Heat three: The classy WA chaser Channing (box three) is out of former Australian Cup finalist El Brooklyn. He takes on QLD chaser Maury Spirit (box eight) and Group finalist Percy’s Lad (box four).
Heat four: Diego Bale looks hard to catch (box seven) with seven wins from 13 starts and a PB of 29.97 at The Meadows. He takes on the classy Angela Langton-trained star Twist Of Thunder.
Heat five: Unlawful Entry (box three) will be looking to continue his amazing recent form after making the final of the Group 1 Thousand. He faces the unbeaten Eisenhower (box seven) and last start 29.41 Sandown winner Both Sides Now.
Heat six: Looks the toughest heat of the night with SA raider It’s Classified (box one) up against young gun Snakebite Bale (box two) and the classy Zipping Chubbz (box four) – a 25.02 winner at Ballarat.
Heat seven: Group 2 Great Chase finalist Cutting Edge (box one) looks perfectly drawn and takes on speedy chasers Hush Now (box seven) and Jailor Bale (box eight).
Heat eight: SA Group winner Worm Burner (box two) makes his Victorian debut against Aeroplane Bob (box one), who has won four on the trot and the very impressive youngster American Warrior (box five).
Heat nine: The brilliant Moreira (box seven) will face off against two-time Group finalist Hard Bargain (box six) and the emerging Slick Ice (box four).
Heat 10: My Silver Chisel (box seven) is racing in superb form and looks hard to beat in the penultimate heat. Backline Willy (box six) looks his main danger after a 25.19 victory at Ballarat.
Heat 11: Mepunga Joffa (box one) is drawn to get a lovely run in the last heat of the night. Traralgon Cup finalist Harlon (box four) looks his main rival.
Unlawful Entry winning the Group 2 Great Chase at The Meadows