Karl Burke Racing @ Royal Ascot By Samantha Martin
Welcome back everyone! Following on from the Careers in Racing work with Jonjo O’Neill earlier this year, we head to Middleham, North Yorkshire and Karl Burke Racing. I will give you a preview of his runners at Royal Ascot this week. Plus via the Careers in Racing Social Media account you can meet some of these horses and the staff who are lucky enough to look after these animals every single day at work.
2:30 Queen Mary Stakes – Illustrating
Karl Burke’s first representative at the 2021 Royal Meeting is in the opening race on Wednesday –
her name is Illustrating. This filly is having just her second lifetime start after winning at Catterick at
the beginning of June. She was wide for the entire way and it became a battle between her and
Instinction, who had already won a race. Illustrating defied her inexperience to lead at the post by
one length. She’s a half sister to five winners at a range of different distances. Her dam won the
Coronation Stakes when it was held at York in 2005. The hustle and bustle of twenty-two runners
will be a new experience for Illustrating but she did everything right on debut.
5:35 Windsor Castle Stakes – Guilded, Royal Emerther & Kaboo
Guilded is one of four fillies in the Windsor Castle Stakes. By Mastercraftsman, she is out of a dual
winner over six furlongs and she started her career at that trip. She didn’t quite last home after
being with the leaders for a lot of the way. Next time, she raced in the Hillary Needler at Beverley
and was positioned in fourth place before galloping really strongly through the line, just finding one
filly too good. She will have learnt a lot from that experience and she seems to have a good attitude
to her racing.
Royal Emerther is by Mehmas, who had a great start with his two-year-olds last season, and out of
Tifariti. This makes him a half brother to Red Invader, who won eleven of his sixty-seven races, and
all bar one of those successes were over five furlongs. Royal Emerther was beaten six lengths to be
sixth on his debut at Newcastle. Two of the horses who finished ahead of him have won since. On his
second start, he put in an improved performance to finish third, beaten two and three quarter
lengths, after being short of room around the two furlong pole. He gets cheekpieces to help him
focus on the job.
Kaboo – Karl Burke and Nick Bradley Racing are throwing Kaboo in at the deep end as this listed sprint will be his first ever race. He is by American stallion More Than Ready, who has sired seven Breeders Cup winners and is a good producer of two-year-olds. He is Follow Moon’s first progeny to race in Britain and he was brought out of the breeze-up sales. It’s fair to assume that connections must think a lot of him. Royal Ascot is a massive event with the crowd, colour and pageantry so it will be fascinating to see how this colt handles the preliminaries.
6:10 – Kensington Palace Stakes -Angel Of The Glen
Angel Of The Glen is Karl Burke’s representative in the Kensington Palace Stakes. This well-named
daughter of Gleneagles and Archangel Gabriel won her debut but the second placed filly turned the
form around by thirteen lengths next time out. Angel Of The Glen won at Thirsk in September and
three winners have came out of the race. Second on her first two start of 2021, she was ninth of ten
when upped in grade to listed company last time. This race is a class two but extremely competitive.
She’ll need a career best to win but Pierre-Louis Jamin’s 5lbs claim will come in handy.
You can read part 2 of my preview on Thursday.