CHAMPION greyhound trainer Jason Thompson says the ultra-impressive Burn One Down is the best stayer he has trained throughout his illustrious career.
The statement comes following the black powerhouse’s stunning victory in a heat of the Victorian Distance Championship at Sandown Park last Thursday where he clocked an airborne 41.37 over the 715m trip.
Thompson is no stranger to success, having trained countless top class chasers throughout his time, including 2010 Sandown Cup winner Next Top Model, however, he concedes there is something extra special about his latest star.
“He is exceptional in what he does, the times he runs and the ability he has got,” Thompson told Australian Racing Greyhound.
“Nothing he does really surprises me because he is a very quick dog and when he gets the right run through a field he can do what he did last week.
“He is by far and away the best stayer that I have had.”
Burn One Down has only had 17 career starts, of which he has won eight with a further five placings. At just two and a half years of age the son of Buck Fever and Fancy Jaffa is a baby as far as stayers are concerned, making his future even more exciting.
“I always thought that he would need 15-20 races to be starting to do what he is doing now and weaving his way through a field,” Thompson said.
“He is nearly there now and with every start he is gaining more experience and he seems to be improving with each run.
“He hasn’t had an awful lot of racing for a dog that’s just turned two and a half so I think he will improve in regards to what he does in a field.
“On top of that he continually draws middle to wide boxes in most of his races and he is a dog which needs the inside badly.
“Along the way he will draw some inside boxes and I have got no doubt in the right races he will be in front quite early.”
Having had just 11 starts over the middle distance and staying trips, Burn One Down has accumulated six wins and four minors – his only unplaced run being at his staying debut in a heat of the world’s richest staying event, the Group 1 Sandown Cup, in May.
“If that series was on now I think we would see a completely different story,” Thompson said.
“Had the Sandown Cup not been on he probably wouldn’t have stepped up over the distance for another four weeks…we asked a lot out of him very early and he just didn’t have the experience – it was only his sixth run in a race.”
Moving into this week’s final Burn One Down will have to overcome box four to land the victory, with a win booking him a place in the Group 1 National Distance Championship final, to be run at Angle Park on Saturday August 27, 2016.
“I would rather be drawn in the four than out in the seven or eight, but he will need a bit of luck just to get through the first corner,” Thompson said.
“If he can enter the home straight in a spot where he is able to go forward he should go good.
“It is a very tough 700 in South Australia and you definitely have to be able to run it right out, so I think if he were lucky enough to make the final he would be suited down to the ground.”
Victorian Distance Championship – market
Box 1 – Son Of Bekim – $7.50
Box 2 – Azurite – $21
Box 3 – Lady Toy – $11
Box 4 – Burn One Down – $1.40 with Bet365
Box 5 – Come On Fantasy – $21
Box 6 – Mepunga Rosie – $21
Box 7 – Ring The Bell – $7.50
Box 8 – Ringer – $26
1st Res – It’s A Bird – $18
2nd Res – Chrichton Bale – $26