Burnt Ends is a litter mate of Kooringa Lucy, from a Fernando Bale and Mitcharlie Mia litter, who will contest the Group 3 Golden Ticket match race series also on Thursday night.
Nearing four years of age, Burnt Ends has a career best time of 41.74 seconds around the longer journey of Albion Park.
Owned by Luke Mason, Burnt Ends has been an excellent dog for the kennel over the years, winning over $100,000 in prize money, including seven victories at Albion Park with three being over the 710 metre trip.
“My word he has been a good dog to me,” the trainer of 53 years reflected.
“About 12 months ago he was racing against some of the best stayers and went close to winning a number of races.”
At his height of his training career, Ahern had around 15 dogs in work in Brisbane but in 2022 he just has the one - Burnt Ends – as well as another coming back into work after being on season and five young pups who are six months old.
The Clem Jones Cup Final is stacked with interstate talent with Victorian dogs Gypsy Wyong and Knicks Bale joined by NSW-based trainer David Richardson’s dual-pronged attack – Double Bluff and Barsandi.
Ahern is especially wary of Gypsy Wyong, who is looked after by top trainer Andrea Dailly.
The Anakie-based Dailly tasted Group 1 success with Shima Shine in 2021 in Queensland.
“These Victorian dogs will be hard to beat, they are hard to beat at the best of times,” Ahern said.
“They are good dogs from down there.
“The one of Dailly’s looks very good, having won the Group 1 Bold Trease.”
The 2022 Group 3 Gold Cup Final will be run early next month with heats to be held next Thursday night at Albion Park, with Burnt Ends’ path towards the race to depend on his performance in the Clem Jones Cup.