Karl Burke is readying a strong challenge at York’s Sky Bet Ebor meeting, with stable stars Laurens and Kelly’s Dino both on course for the Knavesmire.
Burke recently celebrated the sixth Group One success in the career of Laurens, after she showed all of her old tenacity to make virtually all the running in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville.
She is now set to drop to seven furlongs, for the Sky Bet City of York Stakes, ahead of a possible crack at the Prix de la Foret.
Burke told Press Association: “Laurens will have an entry on Monday morning, all being well, and she’s in good form.W
Meanwhile, Kelly’s Dino was successful at Newmarket on Friday night and the 4lb penalty he incurred for that victory, places him up to number 20 on the list for the Sky Bet Ebor Handicap, which has a maximum field of 22 horses, vying for the £1 million on offer.
Burke added: “I was very happy with him – he’s only done a couple of canters since but he’ll work at the end of the week, and I couldn’t have been happier.
“The timing of that race was almost perfect. We thought we’d done enough when he finished fifth in the Group race, going up to 105, but we’d have been distraught if we’d missed out by one.
Burke has three fillies entered up in the Group Two Sky Bet Lowther, but his hopes appear likely to rest with Living In The Past, a close third in the Princess Margaret Stakes last time out.
He said: “Living In The Past will run in the Lowther.
“Seize The Time will go to Newbury on Friday, because she’s very fast and I’ll just keep her to five furlongs for now – although she’ll probably be left in, just in case.
“Lord Of The Lodge won really well at Haydock last week, and he’s in the Gimcrack. Unfortunately, he doesn’t qualify for the Acomb – because I think he’d appreciate another furlong.
“He will have an entry in the nursery as well, because he’s in that of 95. He’s a nice horse.
“Dubai Station will go for the Gimcrack as well. I was a bit disappointed with him last time in France – but the handicapper actually put him up 2lb.
“He came back with a little niggle but he’s over that now. I know they think a lot of the winner, but I thought we’d chase down the second. I think he’s better than that. He’s in great form now, though.
Burke said: “Wonderwork looks very smart and he’ll go for the Roses (Stakes) next week – he’ll love a bit of juice in the ground. He looks a smart prospect.
“The horses are definitely running well now. They look well – but they’ve looked well all year, to be fair. We’re a long way off where we should be on winners, but I hope we can have a good autumn.”