By Isaac Murphy
The best dogs should be racing in the biggest races and that’s just what’s going to happen with the freakish talent that is Simon Told Helen making a tilt at the Group 1 Brisbane Cup.
Trainer Dave Burnett confirmed the dual Group 1 winner was a confirmed starter for this Thursday’s heats, flying in the morning of the race.
Burnett had tossed up the idea of skipping the event, having to go the great measures to get the dog up here in the current environment, but after a personal best in front of litter brother Who Told Stevie at Sandown Park last Thursday, he punched his ticket.
“He’d run 29.10 at Sandown and just about dragged me when we were headed out to the car, if I didn’t already know he was telling me he was ready for the Brisbane Cup,” Burnett said.
“We’ve got flights booked for Simon Told Helen at the moment, we just have to get arrangements sorted and book a flight for his brother Who Told Stevie.”
A top Free For All dog in his own right, Who Told Stevie was excellent behind his brother on Thursday night and has his own claims of a cup campaign.
“I wasn’t sold on bringing the second dog, he needed that run to see what he’s capable of doing and to run 29.29 first up at Sandown after four months off you can’t ask for much better and he’s pulled up a treat,” Burnett said.
“We thought there’s more chance of him going up to Brisbane and hopefully running second to his brother in a Group 1 than going to a Bendigo Cup.”
The accolades Simon Told Helen receives for his on-track performances are heralded, but the dog’s ability to perform on cue are just as impressive.
“The times he comes out and runs at foreign tracks are just remarkable; we flew him to Perth on the Tuesday before the Saturday, got him off the plane, trialled him that night and he went half a length off the track record post-to-post,” Burnett said.
“Similarly, when we came up to Brisbane last year where he won the Queensland Derby, we landed at 11am before the heats that night, he came out and went bang and won.
“Knowing he’s done it before that’s what we’re going to do again this year, a fly-in fly-out job.
“They both should arrive Thursday, and I expect them to race well that night.”