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Friday 9 December 2016

Burke comes so close to a win on his return from sidelines

Jonathan Burke
Jonathan Burke

Jonathan Burke was just out of luck on his return to the saddle in the Keanes Jewellers Ladies Day 9th October (C & G) Maiden Hurdle at Killarney.

Burke was getting some much-needed "match practice" ahead of next week's Galway Festival after more than three months being stuck on the sidelines, having suffered fractured vertebrae during a schooling session at his father Liam's yard in County Cork back in April.

He made his comeback aboard the Henry de Bromhead-trained and Alan and Ann Potts-owned Sizing Brisbane in the opening two-and-a-half-mile maiden hurdle - his only mount on a seven-race card - but had to give best to Gordon Elliott's odds-on Kashmiri Sunset in the hands of Jack Kennedy.

Three-quarters of a length was the winning margin, and Elliott said: "He's been knocking on the door for a while and Jack gave him a good ride. He has won so I'm happy enough and it's another winner.

"We might look for a novice hurdle in England as his owners (Paul and Clare Rooney) are from the UK. He'll definitely step up in trip."

Elliott added of his Galway squad: "I'll run all my horses for the summer and get as many winners as I can and if I get a winner I'll be delighted.

"Clarcam gets into the Plate and definitely runs. I have a few in the Plate with bits of chances, but he has a bit of class."

Trainer Marco Botti has revealed leading ante-post fancy Golden Steps is set to sidestep the Stewards' Cup at Glorious Goodwood.

A narrow winner of the similarly competitive Bunbury Cup at Newmarket earlier this month, the five-year-old had been as short as 10-1 for the major betting event on Saturday week, but connections have to decided to stick to seven furlongs rather than drop to six.

Botti said: "After discussing it with the owners, we have decided we will probably miss the Stewards' Cup.

"He won over seven furlongs at Newmarket and that is definitely his trip.

"We did think about going to Goodwood, but having already won a valuable race like the Bunbury Cup, the owners have decided to give him a bit more time."

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