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Poptronic leads British EBF Lyric Fillies’ Stakes at York as Burke hopes improver is bound for Yorkshire Oaks

Wed 20 Jul 2022

The current leading trainer at York, Karl Burke, is hoping the upwardly mobile Poptronic can hit the high notes in the British Stallion Studs EBF Lyric Fillies’ Stakes on Friday evening at York’s ‘Music Showcase Weekend’.

The lightly-raced three-year-old has won all of her last three starts, including a one-length success in a Group 3 contest at Newcastle last month.

That victory means the David and Yvonne Blunt-owned Poptronic must carry a 5lb penalty for the extended mile and a quarter contest on the Knavesmire. But at 107, she is comfortably the highest-rated filly in the field of seven and looks highly likely to head the market.

Burke, who trains at Spigot Lodge just to the west of Middleham, said: “Very much an improver, she’s a filly we’re hoping is good enough to run in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks – hence we want to give her an experience of the track.

“She’s a Group 3 winner and she’s carrying the penalty, but there wasn’t that many options around. And with the owners being local, we all decided that it was a good spot to go for.

“She’s a lovely filly. We probably did well to win with her at the back-end as a two-year-old. A lot of people wouldn’t have bothered running her. All she’ll do is keep improving physically and hopefully that will transfer into improvement in form as well.

“She‘s in great form. She looks as though she has got stronger again. She’s quite a light-framed filly – a big filly that has still got a lot of strengthening up to do but she looks in good condition.

“I’m hoping we can get to the Ebor Festival but she’d obviously want to be going and winning this race nicely and use it as a stepping stone for the rest of the year.”

The going at York is currently good-to-firm, which Burke feels is unlikely to inconvenience Poptronic. He said: “She’s a good-actioned filly – she’s quite forward-going – so I have no real issues with the ground.”

Achelois is another interesting runner, having finished a narrowly-beaten second over course and distance in the John Smith’s Cup just under a fortnight ago. A further eye-catching declaration is the John and Thady Gosden-trained Judith, who is two from two career starts.