Dave Burnett is no stranger to Group race glory – especially in Brisbane – but he admits it will be difficult to contain his emotions if exciting youngster My Silver Chisel (pictured) wins the Glen Gallon @ Stud Queensland Derby at Albion Park tonight.
Burnett bred My Silver Chisel in partnership with the late Cheryl Fleming, with the Little River trainer having enjoyed a long-term friendship with Cheryl and her husband John, who won the 1993 Melbourne Cup with the similarly named Silver Chisel.
“My Silver Chisel is a direct descendant from the Silver Chisel line, which the Fleming family bred,” Burnett explained.
“The Fleming’s were from Tahmoor in NSW and I first met them when I took two pups up to the Dapto Auction and John bought them both. One of the dogs John bought, called Two Up Token, was the best dog in the litter,”
“I got to know the family and they whelped every litter I bred until John passed away seven years ago. Cheryl stopped breeding when John died and then she was diagnosed with cancer about three years ago,”
“I’ve been in a few big races but I’ve never been more confident of winning” – DAVID BURNETT
“I hadn’t bred a litter since Kiss Me Ketut (2013 Brisbane Cup winner) but I talked Cheryl into breeding My Silver Chisel’s litter to give her something to strive for and she got to see the pups until they were about five months of age before she passed away,”
“Due to the kindness of the Fleming family I took over Cheryl’s share of My Silver Chisel and it’s great the whole family are coming up to Albion Park for the Derby. The Flemings’ daughter Kerrie, son-in-law Glen and three grandchildren are going to be there and it will be very emotional if he can win the race.”
Emotion aside, Burnett is justifiably upbeat about My Silver Chisel’s chances in the Group 2 Derby after he made an impressive Albion Park debut – sight unseen – in last Thursday’s heats, clocking 29.97, his ninth win from 22 starts, to share qualifying honours with local Thirty Talks.
My Silver Chisel’s prospects then received a further boost – perhaps with a little help from above – when he was allocated box one and he’s the $2.30 favourite in the TAB’s Fixed Odds market.
“I’ve been in a few big races but I’ve never been more confident of winning,” Burnett said.
“I just know the dog. He might lack half a yard early that Kiss Me Ketut had but he’s better race-wise and manner-wise. He just doesn’t do anything wrong in his races.
“His heat win was super, considering he went in blind and the box (six). Box one will suit him this week and I know he’s probably got a couple of lengths improvement in him so I’m hoping he’ll be very competitive.”