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Karl Burke

Working his way up to the very top.

Karl's career in racing took a new direction as his interests turned to training. Karl and Elaine set up a livery and pre-training yard in Newark where they broke young stock in. It was here they started training a small string of both flat and jump horses. The family then moved to Broadway near Cheltenham where they rented a yard, with much more space, from Michael Berrow the manager of pop group Duran Duran.

As the string of horses increased Karl made the decision to move to Ginge in 1990 where he enjoyed further success with horses such as Philistar and Daring Destiny winner of the Ayr Gold Cup, a Group 2 in Germany and a Group 3 in Ireland.

Karl’s profile as a trainer continued to grow and in 1998 he moved to High Havens Stables on Hamilton Road in Newmarket. In 2000 Karl and his family bought Spigot Lodge in idyllic North Yorkshire.

Spigot Lodge is ideally situated between the famous Middleham High and Low moor gallops and is steeped in racing history.

Karl has now trained here for over fifteen years and has built up the string to over 100 horses. He has enjoyed Group 1 success with Lord Shanakill who won the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly in 2009 and most recently with Odeliz who won the Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville & The Premio Longines Lydia Tesio in Italy along with many placed efforts.


Karl Richard Burke



How long have you been training for:

Since 1991

First winner trained:

Temporale winner of 2mile handicap hurdle ridden by Robbie Supple at Towcester

Biggest win so far:

UNFORTUNATELY winning the Group 1 Prix Morny in France and LAURENS winning the Group 1 Fillies Mile at Newmarket.

QUIET REFLECTION she has won multiple Group races including two Group ones this year which were The Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) at Royal Ascot & The Sprint Cup (Group 1) at Haydock Park.

LORD SHANAKILL winner of The Mill Reef stakes (Group 2) & Prix Jean Prat (Group 1) aswell as ODELIZ winner of two Group ones in Italy & France.

Followed by LIBERTARIAN winning the Dante at York in 2013 which was the first Yorkshire trained Dante winner in over 70 years!

Favourite Horse of all time:

Best horses I have ever trained.

Quiet Reflection, Daring Destiny & Kildimo.

As two year olds - Laurens, Unfortunately & Havana Grey.

Best horse you have trained:

Quiet Reflection, Lord Shanakill & Odeliz

Favourite racetrack/meeting:

York, Goodwood & Haydock

Best moment in racing:

Having the one two in the Prix Morny Group 1 was a fantastic moment and a highlight in my career I was immensely proud of the two colts who topped off a fantastic year.

Having my first ever Royal Ascot winner in 2016 with Quiet Reflection winning the Group one Commonwealth Cup! Great day had by all involved!

Followed by Libertarian in the 2013 Epsom Derby although he didn't win to be second in a race like the English Derby was a great feeling!


Keep training winners & win a classic!

Who has the most influence on your training career:

My Family

If you could change anything in racing what would it be:

Less racing and more prize money

If you hadn’t taken up training what would you be doing now:

Living abroad somewhere near a beach.

Karl was born over the Black Swan pub in Rugby and later moved across town to the Red Lion which his father ran for sixteen years. During his time at the Red Lion Karl gained his first interest in racing through watching it with his dad. At school Karl met Elaine Jarvis, daughter of trainer Alan. They later married and had two girls Kelly and Lucy.

Karl rode his first winner for Alan Jarvis in an apprentice race at Hamilton on The Britisher. Always likely to be too heavy for the Flat he switched codes to jump racing, and went on to gain 50 winners from 750 rides. The first being Bloemfontein for M Chapman at Newton Abbot.