Silver Chief star Heston Bale in box one.

It won’t be hard to figure out the broodbitch of the year after Heston Bale broke The Meadows track record last Saturday.

The Andrea Dailly-trained black dog had lived somewhat in litter brother Bekim Bale’s shadow until running 29.45 sec when winning a heat of the Group 1 2011  Silver Chief (525m).

Bekim Bale ran the Sandown track record in September in 28.96 sec.

So one litter holds the metropolitan track records in Melbourne.

The sons of Bartrim Bale and Amelia Bale have a few quirks but one would think it is hard to improve on what they are doing.

Bekim Bale tends to run wide and is still inexperienced in a field.

He showed that in the Melbourne and Brisbane Cups.

The latter venue was where he obtained injury.

Heston Bale has gradually improved his box manners.

Last Saturday, from box three, he began brilliantly and stormed to the front heading into the back straight.

He won easily by 12-3/4 lengths from Gordon Bale who had momentarily led early in the race.

Heston Bale’s run home was an amazing 11.71 sec.

Heston Bale broke Turanza Bale’s previous record.

He gets a chance to better the feat on Saturday night in the third semi-final of the Silver Chief where he will jump from box 1.

Sure to start long odds on favourite, Heston Bale is aiming for five wins straight and to remain undefeated at The Meadows.

The first semi final will see Brisbane Cup winner Glen Gallon jump from box five.

The Tony Brett-trained galloper jumped surprisingly well in last week’s heat and ran a sizzling 29.69 sec – the second quickest of the night.

No other dogs in last week’s heat that rival Glen Gallon this Saturday ran under 30 seconds and one suspects a clear run is all he needs to make the $75,000 to the winner 2011 Silver Chief final.

Cape Hawke was back to his best in last week’s 2011 Silver Chief heats after failing in the Ballarat Cup.

He led from the pink and stopped the clock in 29.73 sec.

He finds himself in a similar position as Glen Gallon  – jumping from a middle box but with no other in last week’s heat running under 30 secs.

More open is the fourth semi final of the 2011 Silver Chief  with Hutmaker, Fully Advanced and Adulterous all vying for favouritism.

Perhaps Fully Advanced is the one.

He has a good record at The Meadows and is quite a reliable beginner, something Adulterous cannot boast.

The final of the Silver Chief will be run on New Year’s Day.

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