Burman said Regal Rocky had always shown the most talent of the Aston Dee Bee/Bizarre Barbie pups and was keen to see if the sprinter could continue to morph towards a stayer.
“After he led everywhere except the finish line in the Listed Carnival Chase when Ninetymile King nabbed him, we thought last week was the right time to see how he’d cover the staying trip,” Burman said.
“He did what we thought he would get well out in front mid-race and just rolled along at cruising speed, he got tired coming to the home turn, but it was more than a pass mark for his first 700.
“He probably doesn’t have the staying prowess of his sister (Smart Lilly) at the moment, but his brilliant box speed gives him an advantage early.”
The Burmans are old school when it comes to their pups, never having to leave their property until they’re ready to race, something that brings plenty of advantages.
“The litter only turned two last month but compared to others their age have done a lot of racing since we’ve had them at the track from around 18 months,” Burman said.
“Doing all our own breeding and racing, it’s a lot easier to gauge when they’re ready to start and as a general rule most of our litters have started young and we’ve learnt plenty about them by the time they’re this age.
“The exciting part is at 25 months they’re still only babies and you hope their ability just continues to grow as they head towards three.”