Blazer Pups Send Silver Chief Message

The future was now at The Meadows on Wednesday night when the best young male sprinters were showcased in eight heats of the Silver Chief.

Gerard Guthrie

23 December 2021

THE future was now at The Meadows on Wednesday night when the best young male sprinters in Victoria were showcased in eight ‘sudden death’ heats of the Group 1 TAB Silver Chief Classic (525m).

Heat honours went to Andrea Dailly’s Zippy Tesla, which clocked his second Best Of Night performance at The Meadows in the space of five nights, when running 29.77sec in the third run-off.

The son of KC And All and Zippy Daph, bred and raced by Dailly Greyhound Farms, continuing their recent success with homebred stock, backed up a flying 29.60sec performance at last weekend’s bumper Phoenix meeting.

Drawn in Box 1, as was the case last Saturday, Zippy Tesla quickly found the front and dictated terms as he raced to his sixth win from 22 starts and third from his past four.

Star husband-and-wife team Correy and Samantha Grenfell were the only trainers to claim multiple heat wins, successful with odds-on favourite Xavien Bale (heat 6) and outsider Tiggerlong Nibel (heat 8), a younger half-brother to their recently-retired superstar Tiggerlong Tonk.

The Grenfells boasted TAB’s ‘All In’ $6 series favourite in Melbourne Cup placegetter Kinson Bale, which was all the rage in heat four, starting $1.90 from the rails alley.

However, Kinson Bale was upstaged by It’s Only Money ($8.40), owned, trained and bred by Michael Vaughan.

It’s Only Money, a son of My Redeemer, continued the excellent start to his career with an emphatic all-the-way 29.97sec display, downing Kinson Bale by 2.7 lengths to notch his sixth win from seven starts, demonstrating significant improvement from a 30.30sec Meadows debut one week earlier.

After the disappointment of Kinson Bale’s defeat, the Grenfell kennel hit back when Xavien Bale, which also started odds-on from Box 1, was a dominant 29.85sec winner of the sixth qualifier.

The Grenfells then finished the night on a high note when $18 roughie Tiggerlong Nibel finished best to take out the final heat in 30.10sec, the 22-month-old’s fourth win at start 11.

Titan Blazer, trained by Daniel Gibbons, was chasing a fourth straight win in the opening heat and the $1.90 favourite did just that, clocking 29.80sec from Box 2 to claim his tenth win from 21 starts.

Box 2 also produced the winner of the second heat, with Karen Pitt’s Compliance ($5.70) leading all-the-way in 29.89sec, his fifth win from six starts.

Young trainer Emily Azzopardi, a former jockey, was celebrating securing her first G1 finalist when Slingshot Jonesy ($4) was another to take advantage of Box 1, winning the fifth heat in 29.94sec.

Angela Langton’s Group 1 Adelaide Cup finalist Weblec Blazer was able to overcome box eight in the penultimate heat, the $3.10 fancy finishing strongly to overhaul Indy Ghost in 30.12sec, albeit the ‘slowest’ qualifying time.

The Silver Chief final will be held on Saturday week, January 1, 2022.

2021 TAB SILVER CHIEF (525m)

Saturday 1 January – First prize: $100,000

1. IT’S ONLY MONEY (Michael Vaughan, Newcomb)
2. SLINGSHOT JONESY (Emily Azzopardi, Rowsley)
3. ZIPPY TESLA (Andrea Dailly, Anakie)
4. WEBLEC BLAZER (Angela Langton, Anakie)
5. TIGGERLONG NIBEL (Samantha Grenfell, Anakie)
6. XAVIEN BALE (Samantha Grenfell, Anakie)
7. TITAN BLAZER (Daniel Gibbons, Avalon)
8. COMPLIANCE (Karen Pitt, Pearcedale)

Reserves

ASTON MARVEL (Dustin Drew, Dennington)
BOSTON GARDEN (Jeff Britton, Anakie)