Karl Burke has a busy weekend ahead of him with Exalted Angel spearheading his challenge in the All-Weather Sprint Championship at Lingfield on Good Friday and his bright start to the year with 16 winners already under the belt looks sure to blossom further.
The Middleham trainer has built up the likeable habit of picking up star material from his flurries at the sales and the success in recent years with Group 1 performers like Laurens, Odeliz, Unfortunately, Havana Grey and Quiet Reflection confirm that anything is possible from his historic Spigot Lodge Stables.
Exalted Angel has already notched a Listed race success this year and all eyes will be on Dandalla when she re-emerges in the Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Newbury this month. The daughter of Dandy Man hacked up in the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot in June and followed up in the Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket in July and her performance in Berkshire will determine whether a 1000 Guineas bid is on the agenda.
Born To Be Alive could also make the trip to Newbury for the Spring Cup after his Lincoln bid was thwarted by drying ground and there look plenty of other likely sorts in the stable that can take Karl and his team forward again.
Karl kindly talked to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about those he hopes can shine for him this season.