It was a successful night on the ownership front as well for the Burmans, after Andrew Monaghan’s Magic Prince handled his Novice in style going 30 seconds flat.
“Magic Prince looks like he’s going to be the premier 500-metre dog out of that litter (Zambora Brockie/Magic Hornet), his splits early and down the back are lengths quicker than his brothers and sisters who will want further in time,” Burman said.
“Andrew has done a great job with him not rushing into the Vince Curry and just waiting until he was ready, and it’s been a fantastic start to his career winning two from three.
“Andrew trains another dog out of the litter, Bold Hornet, who won his maiden the same day as Magic Prince, he’s much more in the mould of a middle-distance dog but is progressing nicely too.”
Ninetymile King continues to relish the trip
Ninetymile King’s step up to the 600 metres was highly anticipated, and the freakish talent has lived up to the billing for trainer Bianca Whitford, winning his fourth race from four attempts over the trip and coming from second last to score.
“He actually jumped really well by his standards and he just tangled with the blue dog which almost brought him down on his rear end,” Whitford said.
“To regather himself and pick them up the way he did, I thought it was one of his more satisfying wins,” Whitford said.
“It’s interesting that his 600-metre pattern is to go around them, he used to rail as a sprinter and got cut off a few times, so just prefers to get out in the middle of the track.
“It was encouraging to see him jump, if he can get a bit closer to them, I think we’ll see him running 34.6 comfortably.
“He went 34.81 on not a particularly quick surface the other week.”