Australia’s best distance greyhound Burn One Down continued his love affair with The Meadows on Saturday night when producing a breathtaking last-to-first performance in his heat of the Group 1 Australian Super Stayers.
Returning to the scene of his runaway victory in the invitation Group 1 Zoom Top one week earlier, Jason Thompson’s wonderfully gifted stayer dominated betting on the second of three Super Stayers heats despite an awkward draw in five, starting at $1.50.
Burn One Down was last out of the boxes and was still second last with a lap to go as Western Australian visitor Teddy Monelli opened up a commanding lead.
Burn One Down improved into third in the back straight but was still spotting Teddy Monelli the best part of ten lengths before unleashing a withering finishing burst to score by two and a quarter lengths in 42.35sec.
“His run was enormous. Heading into the catching pen the first time around I didn’t think he could do better than a placing,” Jason Thompson said.
“He is an amazing dog to do what he has just done.
“I thought it was too big an ask for him to come from as far back as he did and in that time too.
“He loves The Meadows because in the staying races they seem to really open up.”
Burn One Down has now won nine of his ten assignments over 725m at The Meadows, with his only defeat a close second to National Distance hero Ring The Bell, and it would take a very brave person to say he won’t enhance his imposing record at the venue in the Super Stayers decider.
Jason Thompson will have a more than capable second stringer in the Super Stayers Final after completing a heat double courtesy of Trip To Eden.
Following back-to-back Group 1 second placings in the Galaxy in WA and Zoom Top, where he finished nine lengths behind kennel mate Burn One Down, Trip To Eden started $1.50 favourite in the third and final run-off.
As was the case with Burn One Down, Trip To Eden was slow to begin from box two but he improved steadily before storming to the lead turning for home and drawing clear to defeat Azurite by four lengths in 42.54sec, a reward for his recent consistency in elite company.
Trip To Eden’s victory in the final race of the bumper meeting completed another memorable night for Jason Thompson, who also won two Australian Cup heats with Aston Bolero and Aeroplane Bob.
Victorian stayers clean-swept the Super Stayers heats with the opening qualifier won by Wayne Vassallo’s It’s A Fling in 42.58sec.
GROUP 1 AUSTRALIAN SUPERSTAYERS
Saturday night 4 March – 725 Metres
$100,000 (1st); $30,000 (2nd); $15,000 (3rd)
1. DUNDEE CALYPSO – Geoff Scott-Smith (Pakenham South, VIC)
2. IT’S A FLING – Wayne Vassallo (Davon Meadows, VIC)
3. TRIP TO EDEN – Jason Thompson (Pearcedale, VIC)
4. OBI KENOBI – Glenn Campbell (Anakie, VIC)
5. TEDDY MONELLI – David Hobby (Nambeelup, WA)
6. BURN ONE DOWN – Jason Thompson (Pearcedale, VIC)
7. AZURITE – Graham James (Woodleigh, VIC)
8. ALERA BALE – Mark Delbridge (Balliang, VIC)
9. JAIMANDY HATTY – Paul Donohue (Upper Lurg, VIC)
10. ZIPPING ZEUS – Carolyn Jones (Rosedale, VIC)
*This article was compiled by Gerard Guthrie and Molly Haines.