From small beginnings, Karl Burke has developed into one of the top trainers in the north of England with the help of his wife, Elaine.
He was initially a journeyman jump jockey who rode in about 750 races, including for his father-in-law Alan Jarvis. He had about 50 winners before running a livery yard near Southwell and then taking out a training licence in 1990.
Burke did not achieve his 100th winner until 1998 but his fortunes were already on the rise by the time he bought Spigot Lodge in Middleham in 2000.
Since then, he has been a consistent success – his only blip coming in 2009 when he was disqualified for a year for passing information to disqualified former owner Miles Rodgers.
During this time, Elaine took over the training licence and saddled Libertarian to finish second in the 2013 Investec Derby.
In 2016, Burke enjoyed QIPCO British Champions Series success with the outstanding Quiet Reflection – winner of the Commonwealth Cup and 32Red Sprint Cup.
The following year Laurens won the Group 1 Fillies Mile and, within a year, had won five races at the highest level – including the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes.
He heads into 2021 having trained more than 1100 winners with bright hopes for Dandalla, who was among the top juveniles in 2020.