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Karl Burke

Karl Burke: has first runners in his own name again on Sunday

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Burke relaunches career after four-year absence

KARL BURKE is hopeful of getting back among the winners on Sunday as he relaunches his training career after a four-year absence with runners at Beverley and Yarmouth.

Burke has taken back the reins from his wife Elaine as the named trainer at the couple's Spigot Lodge stables in Middleham, but the 50-year-old insists it will make little difference to the running of the training operation.

Burke has been acting as his wife's assistant since the ending in 2010 of the one-year disqualification he received after admitting passing information for reward as part of the race-fixing inquiry that involved former disgraced owner Miles Rodgers and jockeys Darren Williams and Fergal Lynch.

But while 125 winners during that period bear testament to the partnership's success, most notably with Libertarian finishing second in this year's Derby having won the Dante, it was always the plan he would take over again.

Speaking on Saturday, Burke admitted: "Obviously everything has come full circle, but the fact that from now on the licence is in my name has been the furthest thought from my mind as we've been so busy, and we just drive on for the future.

"Elaine has done very well, but very little if anything will change in the running of the yard on a day-to-day basis. We've kept the same regime for a long time, and the only change is the name on the licence."

Burke and his wife were on duty at Newmarket on Saturday. On Sunday they travel to Yarmouth to saddle two-year-old newcomer Two Smart in the opener along with Sunnybridge Boy in the 1m2f handicap.

At Beverley he is represented in the 5f nursery by Northern Water, a course-and-distance winner this month. Asked about their prospects, he added: "We have a couple of nice chances, so we're keeping our fingers crossed, but it's just business as normal really."

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