The draw Burnett speaks of is box two and with Special Cyndie to his inside and Shakey Diesel to his outside Burnett believes he can find the fence where he historically does his best racing.
“Who Told Stevie gets a good chance to get on the bunny from the draw (2) and he’s a different dog when he gets to the lead,” he said.
“When he’s led at Sandown, he’s gone 29.14 and at The Meadows 29.68, sectional wise he can match it with the likes of Black Opium, Oh Mickey and Hooked on Scotch.”
Burnett will always back his brothers in but has plenty of respect for what is a stunning Group 1 field, but it’s a local that he’s most worried about.
“There’s a host of chances after what we saw in the heats but Oh Mickey for mine is the dog to beat, if he comes out and runs his normal race then we can’t run him down from behind,” he said.
“Black Opium and Hooked On Scotch probably get it a little tougher with their respective draws but both have claims.
“If Simon Told Helen is out in front then you’d want to be a good ten lengths clear of Hooked On Scotch, he was airborne late last week and we’ve just got to hope he doesn’t get in striking distance.”
The Barcia Bale/Who Told Lindyu products have been wired differently from the start, Burnett hoping Simon Told Helen can combine his physical gifts and mental experience.
“Simon Told Helen in particular just has a will to win that not many other greyhounds have, I understand people writing him off after last week but he’s capable of some amazing things in big races,” Burnett said.
“He’s run past Tiggerlong Tonk on multiple occasions down here and took a gap in the Perth Cup where there wasn’t one.
“I think they can both improve but Simon Told Helen has that Group 1 pedigree, he’s been there and done it - he knows what it’s all about.”
With restrictions still in place, Burnett is still going to do his best to enjoy the final from Victoria, and there’s plenty of people involved with the dogs who’ll be cheering as loud as anyone.
“We’re trying to get family, friends, staff and connections together Thursday night for our own Group 1 party down here,” Burnett said,
“To have both of them there is a feat in itself, you might be able to hear us from up there if one of them wins the Brisbane Cup.”