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Pillow Talk bursts into Royal Ascot picture

Pillow Talk led home a one-two for North Yorkshire trainer Karl Burke in the Listed Knights Solicitors British EBF Marygate Fillies’ Stakes at York.

Sent off a 5-1 chance, Pillow Talk raced prominently on the far side of the track for Danny Tudhope after being nicely away in the five-furlong heat.

Primrose Ridge down the middle of the track and Lucy Lightfoot on the stands side set the early gallop but paid for their efforts in the final couple of furlongs as Yahsat (7-2) set sail for home.

Stablemate Pillow Talk soon set out in pursuit and the pair had it between them in the closing stages, with Tudhope’s mount edging it by a neck on the line. Jumbeau kept on for third, beaten two and three-quarter lengths.

Paddy Power go 14-1 about Pillow Talk for the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, a race in which Burke already has another leading hope in Dramatised for the same Clipper Logistics connections.

Burke said of his Knavesmire pair: “They’re two very high-class fillies, it’s just a shame we had to run them against each other but that’s the way it is, different owners have got to take their chances.

“They’ve both got black type which is the main thing. Where we go with this filly, I suppose she should be aiming for the Queen Mary but the owners have another filly ahead of this one at home (Dramatised). At the moment you’d put her in front of these on home work.

“Dramatised goes straight to the Queen Mary, it’s just a question of where we go with this filly now. Yahsat could step up to six if you wanted but she’s got a lot of speed as well, she’s got a different owner so she probably would take her chance in the Queen Mary.”

On the possibility of Pillow Talk going six furlongs at Ascot for the Albany Stakes, Burke said: “She could go six furlongs, but I asked Danny that question and he wasn’t very definitive so we’d probably stick to five.

“Nice problems to have. All winter the horses have run well and it’s just carried on into the spring and hopefully the summer now. We’ve still got some very nice two-year-olds to run at home so there’s lots to look forward to.

“Earlier on I was watching the string, especially the fillies, and I had to ask the lads twice what they were all called because I seem to have a lot of speedy, strong, bay two-year-old fillies. It’s turned out that way, they look quick.

“Even Jungle Time, who I took my eye off, she stayed on well to be sixth after missing the kick. She deserved to take her chance and there’s more to come.”

Burke charting direct Royal Ascot route for Dramatised

Karl Burke is planning on going straight to the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot with Dramatised following her impressive win in a Newmarket maiden last month.

Sent off the 9-4 favourite for that HQ contest, the daughter of Showcasing showed plenty of speed to record a four-length victory on her first racecourse appearance.

Although one of the more taking two-year-old scorers this term, she showed there are still things that can be worked on having dwelt at the start and also displaying signs of greenness when edging left once hitting the front.

However, Burke doesn’t see this as a problem and his confidence in the youngster is shown by the ambitious plan to head to Ascot with just one run under her belt.

“The plan is to go straight there (Royal Ascot) at the moment. There’s not too many races we would want to run in before then and she’s proven she can gallop at Newmarket, so I imagine it’ll be straight to the Queen Mary,” explained the Spigot Lodge handler.

“She was entitled to be green, so we’re not worried about that, she will have learnt from that. We will see how she is training nearer the time, but she may have a racecourse gallop leading into the Queen Mary, that’s not definite, but would be a possibility.”

Burke has made a fine start to the season and the Middleham-based handler will be hoping to taste success at Yorke’s Dante meeting this week.

The handler is poised to saddle three – Yahsat, Pillow Talk and Jungle Time – in the Marygate Stakes on Friday and with his two-year-olds operating at a strike-rate of upwards of 40 per cent, he will be hopeful of finding the scoresheet in the five-furlong Listed contest.

Doncaster Races – June 26th
Trainer Karl Burke has started the season in fine form (Dan Abraham/PA)

Yahsat and Jungle Time have both tasted success this season, but it is Pillow Talk, runner-up behind Clive Cox’s Lost Angel from an outside draw at Nottingham on debut, that Burke thinks could light up the Knavesmire.

“They are three really nice fillies. Pillow Talk and Yahsat would be the stronger of the three, but Jungle Time is a nice filly in her own right and her owners were keen to have a go for some black type,” said Burke.

“Yahsat’s form was franked on Sunday. The colt (Jm Jungle) that finished five lengths behind her at Pontefract, he won at Hamilton yesterday and Pillow Talk ran a fantastic race first time up from stall one at Nottingham.

“I think Pillow Talk and the winner both broke the juvenile track record. I think if we’d have been drawn near them (Lost Angel and Radio Goo Goo) and just sat taking a lead off them on the rail, I’m pretty confident she would have beaten the winner.

“She’s a filly with a lot of ability and it slightly surprised me she was able to do that first time up from that draw. She should, as all of mine do, take a big step forward and I think she will run a big race on Friday.”