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Brotherly love

Back in late October, Simon Told Helen and Who Told Stevie quinellaed the Group 3 Great Chase (525m) at The Meadows. At the time, they were both contesting only their seventh start.

Roll on a couple of months and there’s a possibility the ‘Told’ brothers could repeat the feat – at the highest level – in the Group 1 Silver Chief (525m) at The Meadows on Saturday night.

“It would be nice, here’s hoping,” was trainer David Burnett’s matter-of-fact response to such a mouth-watering prospect.

Who Told Stevie and Simon Told Helen have boxes three and four respectively in the $100,000-to-the-winner final. There wasn’t much between them on heat times, with Who Told Stevie clocking 29.68sec and Simon Told Helen posting 29.78sec.

WATCH: Simon Told Helen (1) take out a Silver Chief heat.

“The leader is always hard to beat in this type of race,” Burnett said. “And he (Simon Told Helen) seems to have a length on them early. Hopefully he can come out as straight as a die… But he’s got to pinch a break and find a couple of lengths to beat young greyhounds of this calibre.”

Price assessors have Simon Told Helen ($3.50F) and Who Told Stevie ($4) on the early TAB Fixed Odds market, and Burnett says they’ve “probably got it right”.

“Simon Told Helen has the runs on the board,” he said. “But Who Told Stevie was returning from injury and still ran faster time than his brother. He had five weeks off with a cracked fibula, and only had walking and swimming as recuperation leading into his heat. It was a super run given a limited preparation.”

Burnett is not concerned about Who Told Stevie’s box draw. “It doesn’t matter where he jumps from… He’s such a good, honest dog.”

Here’s the ‘tale of the tape’ on Burnett’s dynamic duo:

SIMON TOLD HELEN

  • Won 9 from 14
  • 3 from 4 at The Meadows
  • 1st G2 Queensland Derby
  • 1st G3 Cup Night Sprint
  • 1st G3 Great Chase
  • 2nd G3 Silver Bullet
  • Won past 4

WHO TOLD STEVIE

  • Won 8 from 11
  • 3 from 5 at The Meadows
  • 2nd G3 Great Chase

Pawnote: Burnett also quinellaed the G3 Cup Night Sprint (515m), during the G1 Melbourne Cup series at Sandown, with Simon Told Helen and Snags McKenzie.

G1 Silver Chief Field TAB Fixed Odds
1. Aston Wizard $6.50
2. Hard Style Rico $4
3. Who Told Stevie $4
4. Simon Told Helen $3.50F
5. Christo Bale $51
6. Tiggerlong Tonk $9
7. Zen Prince $51
8. Shima Shine $4.80
Reserves:
9. Mister Harlewood $15
10. Route Sixty Six $21
Peter Quilty
About Peter Quilty - Has more than three decades of experience as assistant editor of Victorian Greyhound Weekly. He was editor of GRV monthly magazine The Adviser (2001-09) and owner/publisher of Australian Greyhound Monthly. He also served on the selection panel for the inaugural GRV ‘Hall of Fame’ inductees and for several years was an adjudicator on the Victorian GOTY. He’s also published greyhound racing yearbooks and wrote the ‘Bold Trease’ video script.
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