A look at Karl Burke’s remaining runners at Royal Ascot – By Samantha Martin
Some more from Middleham, North Yorkshire and Karl Burke Racing. Keep an eye on the Careers in Racing social feeds for videos with Korker & Dandalla!
2:30 Norfolk Stakes Korker
Karl Burke’s sole representative on Thursday is Korker. This horse is a son of Dandy Man and the
team have had plenty of success with his offspring like Dandalla and Lord Of The Lodge. Korker is out
of a two‐times winner over six furlongs and he’s a brother to three winners. He started his career at
York in May and was slowly away from the stalls. However, when he was asked to quicken by Clifford
Lee, he did so in good style. In the end, he was beaten a head by Project Dante, who also runs in the
Norfolk. The horses who came third and fourth have won since and Korker definitely lost the race in
the stalls. He was much improved next time but he was very green in the closing stages. That didn’t
stop him winning by a cosy half‐length. It won’t hinder his chances if the rain comes and he’s
definitely a player.
3:40 Commonwealth Cup Stakes Dandalla
Dandalla was one of the flagship horses for Nick Bradley Racing last season. This Dandy Man filly
won by two lengths on her debut and that gave her the most ideal prep for a tilt at the Albany Stakes
‐ she really couldn’t have been more impressive. The winning margin was six lengths and then it was
a neck back to Mother Earth, who won the 1000 Guineas. Next time out, she won the Duke Of
Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket before finishing fifth in the group one Cheveley Park Stakes won by
Alcohol Free. She got closer to Alcohol Free when facing her again on seasonal reappearance even
though she was seventh. Last time out, there was ‘biblical’ amounts of rain and Dandalla didn’t enjoy
it at Haydock. She has sort of lost her way since the early part of last season but she’s a course and
distance winner and any rain that comes will hugely aid her chances.
6:10 Palace Of Hollyroodhouse Stakes Significantly & Rebel At Dawn
Significantly was offered in the London Sale, which takes place on the eve of Royal Ascot, and he
went unsold at £380,000. He is by Garswood and out of a black‐type wining Mayson mare. It took
him eight attempts to win a race but he placed on seven of those, including in group and listed
company. That remains his only win and he returned to racing in March with a sixth‐place finish. The
race was won by Rohaan, who has won a group two and a group three since, and Diligent Harry, who
won well at Lingfield subsequently and is well‐fancied for the Commonwealth Cup, was second. Next
time, he was a good second to the talented Creative Force with subsequent winner Jumby in behind
and Rohaan even further back. Last time out, he was behind Dragon Symbol at Hamilton and that
horse also has a good chance in the Commonwealth Cup. Significantly wouldn’t have been overly out
of place in that race but this is definitely easier and over five furlongs.
Rebel At Dawn was a busy two‐year‐old, running nine times in some good races and winning once,
on his second start at Doncaster. He was gelded over the winter and his first start back was third to
Atalis Boy, who won a listed race at Sandown last weekend with Warrior Brave in second, at
Nottingham. In that race, Warrior Brave was two places behind Rebel At Dawn, who was well‐beaten on his next start and came third to Jumby after that. Back at Nottingham at the start of June, Rebel
At Dawn won by a length on good to firm ground and was only headed in the final strides at the
weekend at Chester. He’s a very fast horse.
3:05 Jersey Stakes Spycatcher
Spycatcher is one of the highest rated progeny for his sire Vadamos and his is out of Damask, who
never won a race for Highclere Thoroughbreds and they also own this colt. He didn’t win as a two‐
year‐old but was second to Gear Up in a group three on his second start. He was down the field
behind New Mandate at Doncaster in September and followed in Shark Two One at Redcar next
time. He returned this season with a convincing victory at Pontefract over six furlongs and was then
third to Rohaan over the same trip here at Ascot. Last time out, he was beaten three lengths by
Creative Force in the listed Canarvon Stakes. He’s upped to seven furlongs here and he has been a
very consistent performer this year.
You can read more from me on Careers in Racing through the year and hopefully at some racecourse events with the team later in the Summer!