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Smart options for Burke juveniles

Karl Burke is considering the best options for his smart team of two-year-olds headed by Glenalmond, Toocoolforschool and Natural Order.

All three have figured prominently in Group races this summer and are pencilled in for big targets during the autumn.

Glenalmond was only beaten a length when fourth in the Gimcrack on his second start and holds entries in races such as the At The Races Champagne Stakes at Doncaster and the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury this month.

"Glenalmond's a horse we've always thought a lot of. The handicapper threw us a bit of a googly by giving him a rating of 75 after his first run, but he was never a 75 horse in our eyes," said the Middleham handler.

"The owners bred the horse, they have the mare, which is why we disregarded the nursery route and tried to get some black type.

"We just missed out at York, but I'm sure there's a black-type race in him.

"He's going to work on Friday and we will make our mind up then whether we go to Doncaster in the Group Two (Champagne) over seven or seven in the Listed there, or wait for Newbury and the Mill Reef.

"There are plenty of options."

Toocoolforschool, pipped a head by Dutch Connection in the Acomb Stakes at York, is also engaged in those two same races.

"He ran a fantastic race in the Acomb. He's in the Champagne and the Mill Reef as well," said Burke.

"He's got lot of options and we want to keep our good two-year-olds apart.

"There is nothing firm yet. Friday will tell us a lot when a lot of them will have their first proper piece of work since their last runs. We'll make decisions after that."

Natural Order could be headed for the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance 300,000 2-Y-O Stakes at Doncaster.

He chased home the smart Limato at Kempton in June before taking fourth place behind Estidhkaar in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket's July meeting.

"He's had a little break. He wasn't far behind Aktabantay and Cock Of The North in the Superlative. His form is pretty solid," said Burke.

"He has done a few pieces of work recently. He's in the 300,000 sales race at Doncaster over six and a half. I'm leaning towards that, I've just got to convince the owner that's the right route to take.

"He's got plenty of speed and we might go for the money there."