Four semi-finals of the age restricted Group 1 Silver Chief (525m) highlight a massive 12 race meeting from The Meadows this Saturday night with a supreme support card to match.
A handicap over the 725m kicks starts the program at 7.13pm and I’m super keen on Zipping Geoff, who has been racing consistently over the middle distances of late and there’s no doubt the rise in distance will suit. When placed two starts ago at The Meadows he caught my eye (Replay), and with the advantage off the front row in the handicap I’ll expecting a big effort at double figure odds.
The Silver Chief semis will be conducted as races five, seven, eight and nine. All four semis appear tough betting races with a large array of depth throughout the 36 chasers contesting the four races. In the third semi (Race Seven) Marley Bale should prove very hard to beat after he returned from a break with a smart Ballarat win (Replay) followed by a determined heat win in a speedy 29.83 (Replay). I think he has enough speed to lead his rivals in the initial part and this should have him going a long way toward winning his way into the Group 1 Silver Chief final.
With the top two placegetters in each semi to make it through to the final on January 2, Moreira (pictured) looks set to do just that in the final qualification event for the age restricted classic. Drawn to find the rails easily in the early section, the Jason Thompson trained chaser has the ability to produce fast splits in the concluding stages and given he doesn’t get shuffled back on the rails, he looks the goods.
Throughout the evening we will be blessed by plenty of smart youngsters and plenty of big performances on what looks a cracking summer night at the races. The last race is set to wrap up at 11.05pm with a fifth grade final and the in-form Shake ‘Em looks the testing material. The well bred pup showed great railing ability at Cranbourne two starts ago (Replay) and with the aid of an inside alley, she appears perfectly placed to send punters home cheering!
WATCH: Marley Bale (1) showed plenty of determination in his Silver Chief heat win last week in 29.83 and he looks hard to beat again.