Anakie based trainer Andrea Dailly will have three live chances in Friday’s Group 1 Feikuai Greyhounds Silver Chief (525m), which looks to be the most open in recent history.
Dailly’s trio include Mossimo Bale, who was an eye-catching second behind Fast Car Driving in 30.01 – the second fastest of the four semi finals. The son of Fernando Bale and Searle Bale will start from box four in Friday’s $100,000-to-the-winner final.
Immen Bale (Roanoke - Darya Bale) continued his love affair with The Meadows, defeating brothers Out Of Range and Poke The Bear in a driving finish to the line, qualifying for his first Group final in 27 starts when stopping the clock in 30.11.
The third of Dailly’s runners will be Dyna Carnie, a son of former champion chaser Xylia Allen and Kelsos Fusileer, who qualified for the Group 1 classic after finishing behind impressive heat and semi-final winner Degani. Dyna Carnie will have to overcome box seven if he is to join his mother as a Group 1 winner.
The Seona Thompson-trained Out Of Range has been installed as the $3.50 favourite to win the Group 1 Silver Chief after drawing box one in the decider. The son of Fernando Bale and Nicki Fields has drawn the cherry trap on two occasions for two wins, and does have a 29.90PB at The Meadows off box two.
Brothers Jeff and Robert Britton will go head-to-head in Friday’s final with a runner each. Jeff will put the polish on NSW raider Fast Car Driving (box three), who stormed home to win his first race in Victoria, while Robert’s Fernando Express (box eight) made his way through to the final after a second behind Dyna Wazza, who was the fastest semi winner on the night. The Mark Delbridge-trained chaser was brilliant in his 29.82 victory, jumping cleanly from box six before winning by two lengths in a new personal best time. The son of Jarvis Bale and Purcell Bale will again have to start from a tricky draw, ending up with box five in the final.
Trainer Bill McMahon will be looking to win his second age-restricted final in the last month, after Degani qualified for the big final on the back of another impressive victory. The son of KC And All and Surfonic has drawn well in box two.
$145,000 Group 1 Silver Chief (525m) – Friday, January 5.
1. Out Of Range
3. Fast Car Driving
4. Mossimo Bale
5. Dyna Wazza
6. Immen Bale
7. Dyna Carnie
8. Fernando Express
9. Poke The Bear
Dyna Wazza scores in 29.82