Sunday 7 February 2021

Trainers' Talk 2-year-olds - Karl Burke

If you enjoy two-year-old horse racing, then Karl Burke has got to be one of your top trainers. Spigot Lodge, Coverham, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, has seen some exceptionally talented juveniles. Last year, saw Dandalla, in the ownership of Nick Bradley Racing 28 and Elaine Burke. Every inch a Group horse, she lengthened clear with an almost surreal demolition in the Albany Stakes (Group 3), followed up by a neck victory in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes (Group 2), concluding a creditable effort in the Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1). 

Exciting times, and a real powerhouse to go to war with this new Flat turf season. 

In addition, last year saw other talented two-year-olds including:  Sprite, She's So Nice, Rebel At Dawn & Spycatcher. 

There will be lots of exciting two-year-olds to follow this season and here are a few to follow, kindly forwarded by Karl Burke.  



Bated Breath (GB) 

Thrill (GB) 

Owned by Cheveley Park Stud. Out of mare Thrill who was a decent type for John Gosden winning second timeout as a 2-year-old. Offsprings include full-brother Hollander who was an average type for William Muir and Effusive for the Haggas yard who won first timeout as a 2-year-old. 

Karl’s view, “Strong filly who should be ready for the Spring campaign.” 



Adaay (IRE) 

Clouds Rest (GB) 

Owned by Ontoawinner, Mr & Mrs Bainbridge & Mrs E Burke. Out of mare Clouds Rest who was a sharp 2-year-old for Richard Fahey back in 2014 winning two of her first three races, fast and quick out the stalls. A half-sister to the Ed Walker trained Tenaya Canyon who looks a nice type after winning the third time of asking last season, also half-sister to Spirit Of The Sky who won second timeout making all. 

Karl’s View, “Will make a 2-year-old, but might not be ready till June / July.” 



Dandy Man (IRE) 

Adaptation (GB) 

Owned by Fine Claret & More Turf Racing and purchased £50,000 at the Goffs September Yearling Sales. Korker is a full-brother to the Karl Burke trained Elakazaam who won second timeout last season at odds of 25/1 and also brother to Parnassian another Karl Burke to make his mark early when winning first and second timeout as a 2-year-old. 

Karl’s view, “Forward going colt who should be ready in April moves very well and hopefully he will be a sharp early 2-year-old.” 



Galileo Gold (GB) 

Flare Of Firelight (USA) 

Owned by Mr Carl Waters & E Burke, purchased for 82,000gns at the October Yearling Sales. Half-sister to the Richard Hannon trained first season sire Threat who was an excellent 2-year-old winning the Group 2 Champagne Stakes and the Gimcrack Stakes at York. 

Karl’s view, “Good moving filly who has a bit of class, she should be ready to run once 6 furlong races are out.” 



Invincible Spirit (IRE) 

Bruni Heinke (IRE) 

Owned by Mr David Armstrong. A half-brother to Ainsdale also owned by David and trained by Karl. Ainsdale progressed as the season went on winning his final three races including a couple of nice handicaps at York and Nottingham. 

Karl’s view, “Strong colt, looks quick, half-brother to Ainsdale.'' 



Time Test (GB) 

Pure Joy (GB) 

Owned by Nick Bradley & David Redvers, purchased 26,000gns. A half-sister to Amabilis, previously trained by Ralph Beckett before moving to America. Amabilis was a nice type for Ralph posting a couple of nice efforts including third in the Denford Stakes. 

Karl’s view, “Strong filly who has a good pedigree, should stay a mile looks an early type.” 



Mayson (GB) 

Idealist (GB) 

Owned Mr C R Hirst & Mrs E Burke, purchased for £47,000. Out of mare Idealist who only ran three times winning on her final appearance for Roger Varian. 

Karl’s view, “Typical Mayson colt, strong, great temp should be ready June / July.” 



New Approach (IRE) 

Ensemble (FR) 

Owned by All About York Partnership. A full-sister to the Ralph Beckett trained Desert Haze who came into her own as a 3-year-old winning a few nice handicaps and finishing third in aListed event at Dundalk. 

Karl’s view, “Good looking filly who moves well, should be ready for 6 furlong races.” 



Profitable (IRE) 

Dubai Affair (GB) 

Owned by Bearstone Stud Limited, purchased for 35,000gns at the October Yearling Sales. Half-sister to the Simon & Ed Crisford trained Star Jewel who won her only race last season at Kempton as a 2-year-old. 

Karl’s view, “Nice filly will need a bit of time ,moves well and good temp.” 

Thanks for reading and stay in the race for my next installment of Trainers Talk 2 Year Olds!

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