Young Victorian sprinter My Silver Chisel is making his third interstate trip to chase group glory on tonight, with the speedster to contest a heat of the $69,250 Queensland Derby over the 520 metre trip at Albion Park.
“He has been on the plane three times now so he knows what it’s about,” explained trainer David Burnett, pictured above with My Silver Chisel.
“He is only 24-months-old, and I think it’s a lot better for him to race against greyhounds his own age rather than the open age Perth Cup…it’s a much easier race at Albion Park,” he said.
My Silver Chisel has drawn box six in the third heat of the Queensland Derby. Thursday night will be the son of Magic Sprite and Silver Avenue’s first look at Albion Park.
“At his first look at Traralgon last start he ran within three lengths of Fernando Bale’s track record and I don’t think box six will be a problem at all,” he said.
Burnett believes My Silver Chisel is ideally suited for the 520 metre Albion Park journey.
“My Silver Chisel sticks to the rails and handle most tracks without a look. He can miss the start but he has good early and mid-race speed plus he finishes well – he is the complete package.”
Incidentally, one other Victorian-trained greyhound will compete in the Queensland Derby, with Dundee Osprey jumping from box seven for trainer Geoffrey Scott-Smith in the same heat.
The Queensland Derby isn’t the only interstate group race Victorian greyhounds are involved in this week, with 22 Vics entered on Western Australian soil for the Group 1 Perth Cup and Group 1 Galaxy heats at the new Cannington track on Saturday night.