Little River’s David Burnett is poised for one of the biggest moments in his greyhound training career.
He stands to win $87,000 if his top-flight sprinters, Simon Told Helen and Snags McKenzie, snare a two-state Group 2 double within 48 hours.
Simon Told Helen is engaged in the Queensland Derby (520m) on Thursday night, while Snags McKenzie will contest the Ballarat Cup (450m) on Saturday night.
Snags McKenzie – considered a second-string to kennelmates Simon Told Helen and Who Told Stevie – is chasing his first group race win.
“He actually was my No. 1 string a few months ago,” Burnett said. “But he’s had a few issues with his health… He picked up a bacterial infection and took a long time to recuperate.”
Burnett added that Snags McKenzie, a winner of 14 races from 44 starts, is not in the Simon Told Helen limelight as his biggest problem has been inconsistency.
“But he really showed what he can do when he’s on the rails (Snags McKenzie had Box 1 in his heat). He defeated the Melbourne Cup winner and it was a super effort. It was no fluke,” Burnett said.
Snags McKenzie (Box 2) is quoted at $14 on the TAB Fixed Odds market. “It’s a hot field, but I’d have a little interest on that if I was a punter. I think he’s over the odds,” Burnett added. “All he has to do is get across Western Envoy (Box 1), and if gets to the rails they’ll find it difficult to run him down.”
WATCH: Snags McKenzie (1) topple Whiskey Riot (4) in a Ballarat Cup heat.
The Ballarat Cup is Snags McKenzie’s second group race final. He finished second to Simon Told Helen in the G3 Cup Night Sprint during last month’s G1 Melbourne Cup meeting. Unfortunately, he was a late scratching from the G2 Geelong Gold Cup after pulling off a toenail on the way to the track.
Burnett owns, trains and bred Snags McKenzie, whose maternal pedigree harks back to 1983 Melbourne Cup winner Silver Chisel.
He said winning the feature race double would rate with Kiss Me Ketut’s 2013 G1 Brisbane Cup win, and the recent quinellas of Simon Told Helen-Who Told Stevie (G3 Great Chase) and Simon Told Helen-Snags McKenzie (G3 Cup Night Sprint) as his biggest moments in the sport.