Tumbarumba product Peter Burgun and his partner Shirley Hunter are having a season to remember, with the in-form stable producing winners left, right and centre in Victoria.
This season alone, Burgun, who is the son of local legend Bob Burgun, has produced 51 horses at the races, with a return of 10 winners and 10 places at a remarkable win rate of 19.6% and a 291.6% return on investment – a statistic nearly unheard of in this day and age.
“We have been going well,” Burgun said.
“If we haven’t been winning, we have been right around the mark with places and really, the stable is going terrific – a few friends have said our strike rate is nearly the best in Victoria.”
Burgun trains a small team of 10 gallopers, and their recent form is just reward for investing in quality yearlings.
“It’s good for a small stable. We are working 10 at the moment, and it’s just Shirley and I and a couple of track work riders and Steve who manages all my owners,” Burgun said.
“We have about 100 owners on the books, and they all own small shares here and there, and it is good to see them getting some wins.”
Over the past three months, Burgun has prepared six winners, including Just Mooncoin winning the 1200m Maiden Plate at Wodonga and Hard Reality proving too good in the 1300m Benchmark 64 Handicap at Bendigo – both winners arriving in March.
In May, Wave Reviews won the $35,000 1400m Benchmark 70 handicap at Bendigo and Melway got up in the 1400m Benchmark 58 Handicap at Wodonga.
Most recently, Lord Domino proved too good in the 1170m Maiden Plate at Wangaratta, winning well for connections in the $35,000 event.
Burgun said his stable’s good form came down to having a better class of galloper.
“We just have a better quality of horse,” Burgun said.
“We work really hard to source our horses. We have upgraded and we’ve got a really good client base and they are very good. I can go and buy a horse and they will back it.”
The future looks bright for the stable too, with a new group of yearlings ready to come into work.
“We have half a dozen yearlings that are being broken in and they will go off to the paddock for a spell and they will come back in a couple of months,” Burgun said.
“It’s an exciting time for everyone.”
The trainer rated his youngster Lord Domino that is a half-sister to Lady Day and out of his good producing mare Domino Lady.
“I bought Domino Lady as an unraced filly at the time,” Burgun said.
“Lord Domino looks to go well, and Lady Day is out of Lady Domino, and we have others coming along and I think she will be a very valuable brood mare.
“I’ve got no doubt about that. I’ve got studs ringing me up, asking me about her because they want their stud horses to serve her.”
Lord Domino could very well be targeted towards feature races towards the end of the year.
“He (Lord Domino) is a spring prospect,” Burgun said.
“After he ran second and won, we put him in the paddock for a freshen up and he will come back into the stable at the end of this month and he is a candidate to place this spring – he has quality written all over him.”
Burgun praised his partner and in-form hooper Shirley Hunter, with the pair making a name for themselves in country Victoria.
“It’s terrific. Our stable strike rate is terrific, Shirly’s strike rate is terrific, and we are getting good winners,” Burgun said.
“Shirley is in her mid 50s and she is thriving and loving it, and everything is going well, plus it’s a lot easier to get out of bed in the morning when you have nice horses.”
The pair should be back in action at Wodonga on Saturday, and punters might be able to find a winner or two, with the stable nominating Hard Reality and Cubed for the races.