Burke provides a little bit of Magic
Talented apprentice Julie Burke further advertised her riding talents by guiding Magic Cross to victory in the Parade Restaurant Nursery at Wolverhampton yesterday.
Charlie McBride's youngster was not winning out of turn, having twice filled the runner-up spot at Dunstall Park in November, and she was sent off the 7/4 favourite to go one better.
Her supporters must have been worried when the filly stumbled on the turn for home, but she soon regained her momentum and managed to hold off the challenge of Shutterbug by three-quarters of a length.
"I'm very happy with that, especially after she nearly came down," said McBride. "She just clipped heels with one in front of her, but she came back well and although she's only small, she's so tough and game.
"She never runs a bad race. She was on a mark of 48 in August, was on 61 today and I'm sure she'll go up again - she's slowly improving.
"Julie is a great rider and very cool. She's only ridden three horses and two of those were winners and the other was second."
Burke was only narrowly denied in the Bet On Ashes At totesport.com Apprentice Handicap as her mount, Inpursuitoffreedom, was edged out by fellow 15/8 joint-favourite Strike Force and Kieren Fox.
The two of them had it between them from the turn for home, but it was Olivia Maylam's charge who proved the best by a length.
For a long way it looked like Fox would complete a double in the Stay At The Wolverhampton Holiday Inn Selling Stakes, but as his mount, A Little Bit Dusty, faded, Ivan's A Star (11/2) swept through to take top honours.
A Little Bit Dusty cut out much of the running, but having travelled sweetly into the straight, he was soon a spent force and eventually finished unplaced. Ivan's A Star was given a more patient ride by Luke Morris and quickened up well at the finish to score by a length and three-quarters from 80/1 shot Ad Vitam.