Despite this, the son of Buck Fever and Fancy Jaffa was far too classy for his rivals, defeating Ebby Ripper and Cyndie’s Magic in a fast 41.71.
“He is only 90 per cent fit so it was great to see him do what he did last night,” Pringle told Australian Racing Greyhound.
“He had a few things going against him, it was his first ride on a plane and his first look at the track, but he still managed to go quicker than Fanta Bale did when winning the Gold Cup.
“He hasn’t had the preparation we would have liked him to have, but his class got him there on the line.
“It was a great effort.”
Trained by Seona and Jason Thompson, Burn One Down was having just his fifth run back from an injury-enforced spell on Thursday night.
He has now won 27 of his 44 starts with 10 minor placings and $400,459 in career earnings.
Pringle says the two-month spell did the 37-kilogram heavyweight the world of good prior to contesting what could be his final preparation.
“He had been up for a fair while so I think the break did him the world of good.
“I think he has matured a bit – he was as dumb as anything when I broke him in as a pup but now he is very switched on and he is getting better with age.”
However, Pringle concedes he won’t be pushing Burn One Down on the race track and says retirement isn’t too far away.
“He is three and a half now so we will probably be looking at retiring him at the end of the year, he is already registered at stud and we have already had a few inquiries.
“Until then he’ll keep racing and hopefully he can knock off another big race – he is a class animal.”