KARL BURKE had a 2018 he is hardly likely to forget for a long time when he collected five Group 1 victories and his 70 winners helped the Middleham trainer pass the £1 million pound prize money barrier for the third successive season.
Havana Grey took the Flying Five at the Curragh in September but obviously the real star of the show was the incredible Laurens who notched an unforgettable four Group 1 wins landing the Prix Saint-Alary at Longchamp, the Prix de Diane at Chantilly, the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown and the Sun Chariot at Newmarket.
Laurens once again looks to be the standard bearer with a possible reappearance in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on May 18th but he also has some three-year-old talent that could well be testing their skills at Group level too.
Karl said: “It was an amazing year for us but to be honest the last five or six years have also been unbelievable. Last year we won five Group 1s and that will be hard to match this time around but we have some lovely horses once again and it won’t be for lack of trying.
“We are looking forward to another good season and, hopefully, we have horses that could help us maintain our recent standards.”
With the Lincoln meeting this weekend, Karl kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about those he hopes can carry the Spigot Lodge team forward once more.