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Since its inception in 1964, the Group 1 Silver Chief honour roll comprises a litany of young greats who have gone on to achieve racetrack stardom.

Consider these luminaries of the loam: 1977 Satan’s Legend, 1978 Tempix, 1983 Chariot Supreme, 1988 Ginger, 1994 Light Of Fire, 1996 Awesome Assassin, 1999 Kantarn Bale, 2004 Big Daddy Cool and 2018 Out Of Range (an older half-brother of latest megastar Hooked On Scotch).

Eight heats of this year’s series, over 525 metres, were conducted at The Meadows on Saturday night and it was Hard Style Rico who led the way to potential greatness.

Trained at Pearcedale by Luckie Karabitsakos, Hard Style Rico set the track alight with a sizzling 29.63sec (Best) in Heat 2.

WATCH: Hard Style Rico (box five) win the second heat of the Feikuai Greyhounds Silver Chief at The Meadows. 

Here are the heats as they happened:

HEAT 1 – TIGGERLONK TONK (Box 1) ($1.40F) defeated Bartholomew Bale (Box 4) ($17.20) by 2.3L in 30.12sec.

T: Correy Grenfell
Won 9 from 18
G1 Hobart Thousand finalist


HEAT 2 – HARD STYLE RICO (Box 5) (2.20F) defeated Route Sixty Six (Box 1) ($3.90) by 4.8L in 29.63sec.


T: Luckie Karabitsakos
Won 6 from 10
4 from 5 Trk/Dst
Won past 4


HEAT 3 – SHIMA SHINE (Box 4) ($1.10F) defeated Driftin’ Away (Box 2) ($12.70) by 2.9L in 29.92sec.


T: Andrea Dailly

Won 12 from 17
G1 Topgun finalist
G3 Warragul St Leger finalist


HEAT 4 – ASTON WIZARD (Box 5) ($13.20) defeated WESTERN ENVOY (Box 3) ($1.60F) by 5.2L in 29.64sec.

T: Glenn Rounds
Won 5 from 11
Sandown 29.33sec PB
Ballarat 25.06sec PB


HEAT 5 – CHRISTO BALE (Box 6) ($6.60) defeated CAPTAIN JAKE (Box 7) ($7.00) by 1.7L in 30.08sec.

T: Mark Delbridge
Won 6 from 8
Won past 4
4 from 4 Trk/Dst


HEAT 6 – SIMON TOLD HELEN (Box 1) ($1.10F) defeated WHODAT LOOKIN’ (Box 8) ($21.70) by 5.2L in 29.78sec.

T: David Burnett
Won 9 from 14
3 from 4 Trk/Dst
1st G2 Queensland Derby
1st G3 Cup Night Sprint
1st G3 Great Chase

2nd G3 Silver Bullet
Won past 4


HEAT 7 – ZEN PRINCE (Box 2) ($8.10) defeated Weblec Jack (Box 3) ($2.10F) by 1.9L in 30.14sec.

T: Angela Langton
Won 6 from 11
3 from 4 Trk/Dst


HEAT 8 – WHO TOLD STEVIE (Box 6) ($1.60F) defeated Mister Harlewood ($3.70) by 2L in 29.68sec.

T: David Burnett
Won 8 from 11
3 from 5 Trk/Dst
2nd G3 Great Chase

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Peter Quilty
About Peter Quilty - Has more than three decades of experience as assistant editor of Victorian Greyhound Weekly. He was editor of GRV monthly magazine The Adviser (2001-09) and owner/publisher of Australian Greyhound Monthly. He also served on the selection panel for the inaugural GRV ‘Hall of Fame’ inductees and for several years was an adjudicator on the Victorian GOTY. He’s also published greyhound racing yearbooks and wrote the ‘Bold Trease’ video script.
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