Burke hands Please York aim

Havana Grey will run at Glorious Goodwood

High-class filly Aim To Please could make her debut for trainer Karl Burke at York on Friday.

The winner of a Group Three and a Listed prize when trained by Francois Doumen, the four-year-old was snapped up by owner John Dance on the eve of Royal Ascot for £340,000.

Two days later she ran in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes and was far from disgraced in finishing fifth behind crack French filly Qemah.

Aim To Please has since made the move to North Yorkshire and Burke is ready to start her off in the Listed Lyric Fillies' Stakes on the Knavesmire this week.

"She's in good order and is probably going to run in a Listed race at York on Friday, as long as the ground is suitable. She likes a bit of cut in the ground," said the Leyburn-based trainer.

"She is also entered in the Nassau at Goodwood, but obviously that's a very big race and I think we'll probably take the easier option while she's still settling in with us.

"The long-term target is the EP Taylor Stakes at Woodbine in October. She wasn't beaten all that far in it last year and I think it's the right race for her.

"She's a straightforward filly and we're pleased to have her."

Burke's exciting filly Ellthea will bid to get her season back on track at either Sandown or Ascot.

Following an encouraging debut effort at Windsor, the daughter of Kodiac was impressive on her second start at Carlisle, beating three subsequent winners.

Ellthea was due to step up to Listed class in the Empress Stakes at Newmarket at the start of this month, but had to be withdrawn before the start after attempting to duck under the stalls after being loaded.

Burke is looking forward to give his youngster another chance in either the Star Stakes at Sandown on Thursday or Saturday's Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot.

"It was unfortunate what happened in the Empress, but she had a stalls test at Catterick on Wednesday and came through it with no problems," said the trainer.

"She'll have an entry in a Listed race at Sandown and there's also the Princess Margaret at Ascot on Saturday.

"The Sandown race is seven furlongs and the Princess Margaret is six, so we'll look at both options and see which way we go.

"She was very good at Carlisle and she's come on a lot since, but she'll need to have done to be competitive in these better races."

Burke's highest money earner this season is another juvenile, Havana Grey.

He has struck twice in Listed company at Sandown this year in the National Stakes and the Dragon Stakes, with a disappointing run in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot sandwiched in between.

Burke said: "He is heading for the Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

"He was disappointing at Ascot, but it was great to see him bounce back at Sandown and he's been in great form since."

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