3:20 – Redcar – BUY YOUR TICKETS ON-LINE @ REDCARRACING.CO.UK HANDICAP (CLASS 4) (3yo 0-85) Good To Firm 1m2f
Burke’s Rock moves up in trip and class this afternoon at Redcar after wining on her last start at Newmarket in May. The 3 year old bay filly has been confirmed to her own age group in what looks to be a competitive renewal of this race.
Burke’s Rock has only run three times in her career to date and she did not make her racecourse debut until 18 January this year when she finished 4th in a Maiden Fillies Stake on the all weather track at Lingfield. She was unlucky not to finish better as she was hampered in her run, but was noted staying on at the end of the race. She was able to make amended on her second start when she ran again at Lingfield in February in a maiden race. She chased the leaders and when 2nd 2 furlongs out and when she was ridden to lead just outside the final furlong she ran on well and was in total command to such an extent that she was eased down towards the finish to win by 2 lengths.
Her last run at Newmarket last month was also her handicap debut and she ran in a big field of 16 runners. However, after the start the field split into two with Burke’s Rock being in the smaller group of five running along the rail. She was ridden over 2 furlongs out and was the overall leader by the furlong post and although she edged left she was driven out to win by ¾ length.
All three of her runs to date have been over 1 mile and she is stepped up to 1 mile 2 furlongs this afternoon. She is expected to continue to improve over the longer trip as she has stayed on well in all of her races. By Cape Cross she is also a half sister to Halicarnassus who has plenty of winning form over 10 furlongs.
The going at Redcar is Good to Firm which is ideal for Burke’s Rock as she acted well in the going when she won at Newmarket on her last run. She is ridden by Jimmy Fortune who rode her to her Maiden win at Lingfield in February.
The step up in trip should suit Burke’s Rock today and on the evidence of her runs to date she has plenty more to come. She will have to be up to the mark today in what is a very decent field with runners from Mark Johnson and Saeed Bin Suroor in the field but she is certainly open to more improvement and is a strong contender.