Tuesday 19 February 2019

Karl Burke Horse Trainer Profile Series

Karl Richard Burke is a must  follow trainer.

He's been training horses since 1991 but first started out riding on the flat before switching to the jumps, winning 50 races out of 750 before then turning his talents to training both flat and jump horses. 

His very first winner as a trainer was with a horse called Temporale who won a 2-mile handicap hurdle at Towcester. 

More success followed on the flat with the ultra game Daring Destiny winner of the Ayr Gold cup followed by Group 2 and 3 wins. 

Karl moved stables in 1998 to Haven stables in Newmarket before moving again to his present stables Spigot Lodge in North Yorkshire were he continued to become one of the top trainers with high profile horses such as: Unfortunately, a Cheveley park owned horse, to date has won a Group 1,2 and 3, the highlight being the Group 1 Prix Morny in France in August 2017. 

Laurens (pictured) a punters favourite has also brought Karl more success winning an amazing seven of her 11 races with Group success all over Europe and plenty of prize money for owner Mr John Dance. 

Quiet Reflection another multiple Group 1 winner gave Karl his first Royal Ascot winner taking the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup for owners Ontoawinner, Strecker and Burke. 

Lord Shanakill was a winner of a Group 1 in France and the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes. 

Libertarian winning the Dante at York made it the first Yorkshire trained Dante winner in over 70 years back in 2013 and also coming second in the Epsom Derby made it an unforgettable year. 

Time to get onto making some money, as I keep saying trainers love banging in winners at certain tracks and I have unearthed a nice profitable course over the past 3 years that Karl likes to send his 2-year-old horses. Carlisle is one of Karl’s favourite tracks and he has a profitable strike rate, so if you followed his 2-year-olds over the last 3 years in maiden or novice races only, it would have given you 12 wins from 31 bets, that’s a 38,7 percent win strike rate and a 256.7 win per cent at starting price with all but one (Riviere Argentine 22/1) winning at 9/1 and under. 

Little Kim being the highlight for me last season as Group Horse gave it a great write up and she won going away at a generous price of 17/2 for stable jockey Ben Curtis before running at a decent level and contesting Group races.

Ellthea being another nice type to win at Carlisle, this time second time out winner at 9/4 with Graham lee riding before going on to win a Group 3 in Ireland and holding her own in some decent races and earning a high of 109 rating back in 2017. 

So we have another profitable trainer at certain tracks so be sure to keep checking your racing calendar to see when Carlisle is on. Good luck all and I will be back with another trainer profile soon.

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