sport

Burke sees Stacks of potential

Lord Ben Stack set himself up for a crack at the Juddmonte Royal Lodge at Newmarket on September 27 after winning at Haydock.

The Karl Burke-trained youngster (6-1) stepped up on a promising debut when beating Sir Michael Stoute's Dissolution by a length and a half in the Betfred Jack Berry MBE EBF Maiden Stakes.

The pair pulled five lengths clear of the rest, as the Derby entry lived up to Burke's hopes.

"He's a very nice horse. We'll just see how he comes out of this, but he didn't have a hard race there and I'm thinking of the Royal Lodge," said Burke of the Danny Tudhope-ridden winner.

"He's all about next year, but he's very mature so he can take another race, maybe another two.

"At the moment I'm thinking the Royal Lodge and then we'll take it from there. If he's not right for the Royal Lodge, we might go down an easier route.

"The Derby entry was speculative, it was made in April, but he's got the pedigree, the size and the scope for it. He's always shown us plenty at home and the first two pulled miles clear, which you like to see."

Burke has enjoyed a tremendous season with his juvenile team and has a number of nice prospects.

He added: "That's 18 individual two-year-old winners we've had and I think only three of the colts haven't won and they've all been placed, suggesting they are capable of winning. We've got a lovely crop."

Tudhope doubled up courtesy of Berlusca (9-1) for David O'Meara in the Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Handicap.