Burke confident about chances of Notte Illuminata
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Karl Burke could have a Good Friday finals day prospect on his hands in the shape of bottom-weight Notte Illuminata, who made a winning start for the North Yorkshire trainer when landing a maiden at Newcastle last month.
Before changing hands for €165,000 at Goffs last November, the daughter of Acclamation ran twice in France for Godolphin and if she could eventually bag some black type she would be quite an asset as she is a sister to the classy sprinter Lilbourne Lad.
A runner with more experience of the track is the Mick Channon-trained Summer Icon, who has twice gone close at the venue in recent weeks, most recently when chasing home the useful Somethingthrilling over a mile.
Make Music, who represents Andrew Balding, has winning form on both the all-weather and turf tracks at Lingfield but is making her first start since last July.
The eight-runner field could be down to seven by post time as there is a doubt about the participation of Rio's Cliffs.
Dutch Mist is the only one of these eight with no previous experience of the all-weather.
Karl Burke, trainer of Notte Illuminata, has had seven winners from 54 runners over the past five years at the track, yielding a profit of £18 to a £1 level stake.
What they say
Mick Channon, trainer of Summer Icon
We nearly lost her in the summer with a severed tendon, so she's done well to come back. She's run well there the last twice and deserves to get her head in front.
Chris Dwyer, trainer of Bint Dandy
She seems well enough in herself at home and likes the track, so we're hopeful she can run well. These fillies' races are competitive but she should be thereabouts.
Richard Spencer, trainer of Rebel Surge
She was fast out of the gates last time, which is something she hadn't done before, and she wasn't really suited by making the running. Hopefully she can drop in this time and finish off her race better.
Martyn Meade, trainer of Rio's Cliffs
We'll see how she is nearer the time but she didn't eat up very well last night so there is a doubt whether she'll run.
Andrew Balding, trainer of Make Music
She's had some time off but she's as fit as we can get her at home and likes the track, so we're hopeful she'll run well.
Karl Burke, trainer of Notte Illuminata
She's a nice filly who won well first time for us at Newcastle and we think she's on a mark she can win off. She's back in trip but is not short of speed and hopefully we can think about getting her qualified for the Good Friday finals day after this.