Trainer John Weymes boosted by Burke arrivals
NORTH Yorkshire trainer John Weymes has taken on six horses from the nearby stables of disqualified trainer Karl Burke, an intake he described as "a big boost to a small yard like ours".
Middleham-based Weymes, who sent out one of his new recruits, Miami Gator,to win at Lingfield on Thursday, did not need to think twice about welcoming some new faces after being approached by the Burke's wife Elaine, who, although denied the chance to train during her husband's disqualification, had her colours carried by the three-year-old.
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He said: "Elaine asked me to take half a dozen horses to train, and I was only too pleased to accept - it's a big boost to a small yard like ours.
"They all came looking well and ready to go on with on the all-weather, and the way Miami Gator won at Lingfield the other day he looks a progressive horse, who can win again.
"It all helps. We had a good end to the year, which is satisfying, because we had stalled a little bit, mainly through not having the ammunition to fire."
Weymes is no stranger to the Burke team and added: "When Karl was training, he would let me work one or two of my horses with his, which was a big help."
Burke was warned off for a yearlast August after admitting passing information for reward at the race-fixing inquiry that also included former owner Miles Rodgers and jockeys Fergal Lynch and Darren Williams.
His father-in-law Alan Jarvis stepped in to take over the yard, but his caretaker role finished when the Flat turf season ended and he returned to his Twyford base in Buckinghamshire.
Elaine Burke applied for a licence to take over at the helm of the family operation, but the BHA refused toprocess her application while her husband was disqualified, meaning that their Spigot Lodge yard remains unlicenced premises.