KARL BURKE continued his ascent up the training hierarchy in 2017 when he passed the million pound in prize money barrier for a second year running with his 74 winners and the dream of Classic victory this time around.
The Middleham trainer was kept warm through a bleak winter with thoughts of his Group 1 Fillies Mile winner Laurens harbouring 1000 Guineas hopes and his 1-2 in the Group 1 Prix Morny with Unfortunately and Havana Grey also giving high expectations in this season's Sprinting division.
There is even potential for a possible Derby contender with the likes of Wax And Wane along with the progressive Raydiance and several others who should provide some exciting days ahead for Burke’s Spigot Lodge team.
Karl said: “If we achieve half of what we achieved last year we will be very happy and we have a huge team of horses. If we can keep them healthy then we should do well again.”
Karl kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about some of his main hopes for the season ahead.