Karl Burke

    Several of Karl Burke's string have blossomed over the winter and the trainer marks our card for his runners early season targets, as well as hopes for later in the season.
  • Wednesday 04 April 2018
  • Stable Tours

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.

Older Horses

Born To Be Alive (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 10 starts and currently rated 104. Creditable effort latest start in the Listed Doncaster Mile at Doncaster (1m) in March when runner-up, beaten two and a half lengths, to Zabeel Prince.

Trainer Says:

He is very nice gelding who spent the Winter in Dubai. He came back and finished second to Zabeel Prince in the Doncaster Mile. He is a horse we will have some fun with and I think he is a listed/Group 3 horse. He stays a mile and a quarter but is probably better over a mile or nine furlongs and could be a Cambridgeshire type of horse later in the year.

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Kelly's Dino (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 8 starts and currently rated 82. Gained his last success at Wolverhampton (1m 1 1/2f) in January when beating Dellaguista a length and a half off a mark of 77. Solid effort in the Rosebery Handicap at Kempton (1m 3f) on latest start on Saturday when runner-up, beaten three quarters of a length, to Crowned Eagle off a mark of 82.

Trainer Says:

He is a French-bred gelding who has plenty of ability but has had a few problems and was off track for two years but came back and won two on the bounce. He is still progressive and ran another cracker in the Rosebery Handicap at Kempton on Saturday. He will probably end up in France for a conditions race once we have used his handicap mark up but we have no great plans.

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London Protocol

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 29 starts and currently rated 96. Unplaced in three starts this year most recently when well beaten in the Lincoln Handicap won by Addeybb at Doncaster (1m) in March off a mark of 99.

Trainer Says:

He is another French-bred and he goes out to Longchamp on April 9 for a big handicap. He won a handicap on Arc weekend in France and he is a tough consistent horse. He is probably handicapped to the hilt in England but seems to be able to be competitive in the handicaps in France.

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Made Of Honour (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of four of her 8 starts and currently rated 80. Winner of her last three starts – twice this year – and gained her last success when beating Pattie a neck at Wolverhampton (7f) in March off a mark of 77.

Trainer Says:

She has had a good Winter and is unbeaten on the polytrack. She had two wins here and a win in France on the polytrack. She has been placed on turf so there is no reason she shouldn’t go up through the handicap. She has a chance of making a black type filly but is definitely an 80-85 filly.

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Mjjack (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 12 starts and currently rated 99. Finished fifth, beaten seven and a quarter lengths, to Perfect Pasture in a Listed event at Doncaster (6f) on his reappearance.

Trainer Says:

He is a very nice horse who has progressed really well through the Winter. We ran him over six furlongs in the Cammidge Trophy at Doncaster recently and the ground was very heavy. He likes heavy ground but he is a seven furlong horse and will probably stay a mile to be honest. He does want soft or heavy ground to be at his best and he could go for the Victoria Cup at Ascot if it came up soft.

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Rinaria (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of her 11 starts and currently rated 83. Gained her last success at Wolverhampton (1m 1/2f) in October when beating Song Maker a nose off a mark of 74.

Trainer Says:

She has done really well through the Winter and is probably well handicapped. She looks a nice filly and ran very well in a listed race on the AW at the backend. We will be trying to get some black type with her somewhere during the Summer.

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Sunday Prospect (FR)

  • 4-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Sunday Break - Green Shadow (Green Tune)
  • Trained by: K R Burke
  • Last Race: Doncaster, 27 Jul 2017 18:45
  • Result: 2/8, towards rear, switched left over 2f out, switched right and headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, no impression on winner
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Form Profile:

No wins from two starts and finished runner-up, beaten a length and a quarter, to Wasm at Doncaster (7f) last July when last seen out.

Trainer Says:

He has been injury prone and is very lightly-raced. He has shown a bit of form and he could end up in France through the Summer. He probably wants a mile or a bit further.

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Three Year Olds

Annie Capri

  • 3 gr f Dark Angel – Cover Girl
Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

She has not come back yet but she is a nice filly and was unraced last year. We thought a lot of her but she just went a bit weak. We are hoping she can come back and win nice races. She is one to watch for later in the year.

Assimile (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 4 starts and currently rated 79. Off the mark at the third attempt when beating Silchester two and three quarter lengths at Southwell (7f) in February.

Trainer Says:

He won his novice at Southwell very well but disappointed us in a similar event at Doncaster. He has been gelded since then and there is no reason he can’t be progressive on the turf.

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Broken Force (USA)

Form Profile:

No wins from 3 starts and currently rated 69. Best effort at Newcastle (1m) in September when seventh, beaten three and a half lengths, to Tansheet.

Trainer Says:

He is a horse that has very much gone under the radar so far but he is just handcapped. He should be handicapped to win a few races for us. He probably wants a mile plus and maybe a mile and quarter and he could stay a mile and a half in time.

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Chantresse (IRE)

Form Profile:

No wins from 3 starts and currently rated 68. Came closest to victory on debut at Haydock (6f) in September when fourth, beaten a length and a quarter, to Pulizter.

Trainer Says:

She is a filly who could come into her own later in the season. She wants a bit of decent ground and was quite a weak filly but showed some promise as a two-year-old.

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Crown Vallary (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of her 4 starts. Off the mark when beating Infinite Cheers a head at Clairefontaine (7f) in August.

Trainer Says:

She is a French-bred filly by Manduro and she ran some real good races. She has lots of black type entries abroad and she is a filly I like a lot. She has trained on and hopefully she can make up into a nice black type filly.

Ellthea (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of her 7 starts and currently rated 107. Gained her last success in the Group 3 Weld Park Stakes at Naas (7f) in September and subsequently creditable fifth, beaten four and a half lengths, to stablemate Laurens in the Group 1 Fillies Miles at Newmarket (1m) in October.

Trainer Says:

She is a Group 3 winner at two and she is a good filly. She will run in one of the Fillies’ Trial races over seven furlongs. She loves heavy ground and she should be competitive in Group races again this Spring.

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Emerald Rocket (IRE)

  • 3-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Society Rock - Lady From Limerick (Rainbows For Life)
  • Trained by: K R Burke
  • Last Race: Hamilton, 2 Jul 2018 20:15
  • Result: 2/4, tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to chase winner final 50 yards, always held
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Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 8 starts and currently rated 75. Last victory in a nursery at Newcastle (1m) in October when beating Kit Marlowe two and a half lengths off a mark of 68.

Trainer Says:

He is a handicapper and he is handicapped to win race off his two-year-old form.

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Enzo's Lad (IRE)

  • 3-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Society Rock - Geht Fasteur (Chineur)
  • Trained by: K R Burke
  • Last Race: Pontefract, 2 Jul 2018 16:00
  • Result: 2/5, tracked leading pair, switched right off rail and went 2nd over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, not pace to challenge
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Form Profile:

No wins from 4 starts and currently rated 72. Finished fourth, beaten 10 ½ lengths, to Rock On Baileys on his reappearance at Wolverhampton (6f) in March off a mark of 74.

Trainer Says:

He is another who is a handicapper but looks handicapped to win.

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Guvenor's Choice (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 7 starts and currently rated 84. Finished third, beaten a length and a quarter, to Jetstream on his most recent start at Newcastle (1m 2f) in February off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He is a horse that won on the AW a couple of times and is a lovely big strong gelding. He will be winning his share of races over a mile and a quarter.

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Havana Grey (GB)

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 8 starts and currently rated 113. Gained his last success in the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood (5f) in August when beating Invincible Army a length and three quarters. Subsequently runner-up, beaten a length and a quarter, to stablemate Unfortunately in the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville (6f) in August and also when beaten half a length by Heartache in the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster (5f) in September.

Trainer Says:

He is a lovely horse and one of my favourite. He has wintered really well and looks very strong. I am very happy with him and I think he is going to be a five furlong horse. If he is then it is going to be tough for him as he is going to have to take on the older horses in the first half of the year. At the moment he will go for the Palace House on Guineas weekend. The Temple Stakes is at Haydock at the end of May and they would be the first two options. There is also a Group 3 in France over five and a half furlongs for three-year-olds only which is also a possibility. There is a chance he will stay six as he was second over that trip in the Morny but at the moment I am thinking five furlongs.

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Havana Mariposa

Form Profile:

No wins from 5 starts and currently rated 68. Finished fourth, beaten two and a quarter lengths, to Our Man In Havana on her final start at Wolverhampton (7f) in November off her current mark.

Trainer Says:

She is a filly who has done very well from two to three and, whilst I think she is a handicapper, I think she can win off her mark.

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Helen Sherbet

Form Profile:

Winner of two of her 10 starts and currently rated 73. Gained her last success at Southwell (7f) in January when beating Papa Stour three and a half lengths off a mark of 67.

Trainer Says:

She is another who is only a handicapper but she will win her share of races too.

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Humble Gratitude

  • 3-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Foxwedge - Gilt Linked (Compton Place)
  • Trained by: K R Burke
  • Last Race: Ayr, 23 Jun 2018 14:20
  • Result: 5/7, led, driven over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, gradually weakened inside final furlong
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Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 4 starts and currently rated 85. Off the mark with a length and three quarter success from Up Sticks And Go at Hamilton (6f) in September.

Trainer Says:

He is a horse who has gone under the radar so far. He is a late developer and he did very well to do what he did at two. He is one to watch in good three-year-old six and seven furlong handicaps.

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Laurens (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of her 4 starts and currently rated 113. Landed the Group 2 May Hill Stakes at Doncaster (1m) in September by a head from Dark Rose Angel and followed up with a nose defeat of September in the Group 1 Fillies Mile at Newmarket (1m) in October.

Trainer Says:

She is a fantastic specimen of a filly and she has wintered brilliantly. She hasn’t grown any more but didn’t have too and has filled her frame. We are very excited about her and at the moment she is heading for the 1000 Guineas. She is not showing us anything that suggests she shouldn’t be going for the Guineas at the moment. She will hopefully go to Newmarket’s Craven meeting for a Racecourse gallop.

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Lord Oberon

  • 3-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Mayson - Fairy Shoes (Kyllachy)
  • Trained by: K R Burke
  • Last Race: Newbury, 20 Apr 2018 14:25
  • Result: 2/11, in touch, headway and switched right over 1f out, ridden to chase winner entering final furlong, kept on one pace
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Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 2 starts. Made a winning debut at Southwell (7f) in January when beating Kripke a nose and subsequently fourth, beaten three lengths, to Tribal Warrior in a novice event at Kempton (7f) the following month.

Trainer Says:

He won his maiden on the AW at Soutwell and he run there on Wednesday. I think he will run very well and hopefully he will step up to handicaps on the turf after that.

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Lumi (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of her three starts. Off the mark with a three and a quarter length win from Velvet Vision at Newcastle (1m) in February and subsequently runner-up, beaten five lengths, to Big Kitten in a novice event at Newcastle (1m) in March.

Trainer Says:

Her form is very good. She was beaten by a very smart colt of Mark Johnston’s last time and she is a filly I like. I think she can progress.

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Mametz Wood (IRE)

Form Profile:

Placed in all three starts and currently rated 73. Finished third, beaten a length and a quarter, to Up Sticks And Go at Redcar (7f) in November.

Trainer Says:

He probably goes to Southwell on Wednesday and he is only a handicapper but he can win in that grade. He will be a better turf horse but the race at Southwell hadn’t filled so he will take his chance.

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Marie Toulouse (IRE)

Form Profile:

Unplaced on her only start at Wolverhampton (1m 1/2f) in November.

Trainer Says:

She is a nice filly who is not back with us yet but should be one for three-year-old maidens. She is a very well bred filly who hopefully can make her mark.

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Midsummer Knight

Form Profile:

Placed in eight of his 11 starts and currently rated 76. Another creditable effort when runner-up, beaten half a length, to Cowboy Soldier in a novice event at Newcastle (5f) last week.

Trainer Says:

He has loads of ability but just hasn’t got his head in front so far. He did absolutely nothing wrong when runner-up at Newcastle last week and he will surely get his head in front before too long.

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Mount Ararat (IRE)

Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

He is a lovely unraced three-year-old by Sea The Stars. He was probably one of our best two-year-olds last year and I know that’s saying a lot but he picked up a nasty injury. Fingers crossed he is coming back from that and hopefully he will be out at the end of April time.

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Play Mate

  • 3 b f Showcasing – Cadeau Speciale
Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

She is a lovely filly who was unraced last year but has come back after a Winter’s break. She has done very well and hopefully she can win a maiden for us and go on from there.

Raydiance

Form Profile:

Winner of two of her 3 starts and currently rated 102. Gained his last success in a Listed event at Ascot (7f) in July when beating Another Batt a neck.

Trainer Says:

His last run was a win in a listed race at Ascot and he’s a high class horse. He is a good solid horse but he picked up an injury in that race and we haven’t quite got him back yet. Hopefully, when ground permits, he wants soft ground, he should be winning.

Rizzle Dizzle

Form Profile:

Promise in all three starts and currently rated 76. Came closest to victory when runner-up, beaten three quarters of a length, to Two Weeks at Wolverhampton (6f) in November.

Trainer Says:

She is a nice filly who was very weak on her last run last year. She is a filly I like and she is well handicapped.

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Unfortunately (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 7 starts and currently rated 116. Landed the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte (5 1/2f) in July by half a length from Frozen Angel and followed up with a length and a quarter success from stablemate Havana Grey in the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville (6f) in August.

Trainer Says:

He won the Prix Morny for us and has wintered really really well and looks fantastic. At the moment we are targeting him for the Sandy Lane followed by the Commonwealth Cup. He could be ready earlier than the Sandy Lane but I haven’t discussed beyond him running in that. The only other race he could go for would be the Pavilion Stakes at Ascot.

Unwritten

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 3 starts and currently rated 89. Off the mark at Pontefract (1m) in September when beating Sunhill Lad nine lengths.

Trainer Says:

He is a decent horse and he was due to run at Pontefract on Tuesday. He won his maiden there by nine lengths and he wants a distance of ground.

Valdolobo (IRE)

  • 3-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Lope De Vega - Eucharist (Acclamation)
  • Trained by: K R Burke
  • Last Race: York, 16 May 2018 16:35
  • Result: 10/15, chased leaders, 2nd going well 3f out, every chance 2f out, soon ridden, weakened furlong
  • View full form
Form Profile:

Promise in two starts last season and third, beaten a neck, to White Mocha on his debut at Haydock (1m) in September.

Trainer Says:

He is another lovely staying type of horse and will be a mile/mile and a quarter horse.

Wax And Wane

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 3 starts and currently rated 89. Off the mark with a three quarter length victory from Soldier To Follow at Carlisle (1m) in September and added to that success at Ayr (1m) in October when beating Lynwood Gold a length and three quarters.

Trainer Says:

He has a Derby entry and we don’t know if he is going to be up to that class but he did really well to win two of his races last year as he is a big scopey horse. He has done really well through the winter and he will go to Sandown at the end of April for either the three-year-old handicap or the Derby Trial.

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