2015 Epsom Handicap Possible for Burbero

July 20th, 2015

Burbero has been a strong and consistent performer for Bjorn Baker through his 37 career starts so far, and the Warwick Farm-based trainer has revealed he is eyeing a Spring Carnival campaign geared towards the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) with the rising seven-year-old.

Burbero looks likely to target the 2015 Epsom Handicap. Photo: Steve Hart

Burbero looks likely to target the 2015 Epsom Handicap. Photo: Steve Hart

Securing 12 wins and a further nine minors since first appearing on course in 2012, Burbero contested a long and but twelve start preparation through the 2014/15 summer and into the recent Autumn Carnival, undoubtedly highlighted by consecutive second-place finishes in the Listed Parramatta Cup (1900m) and Listed Canberra Cup (2000m) and success in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m).

Having also placed a promising sixth amongst slick company in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) on March 21st, Baker revealed the talented son of O’reilly is close to certain to return to racing in Saturday’s July Sprint at Canterbury before mounting on an Epsom Handicap mission.

“There’s a bit of improvement in him but they’ve got to start somewhere,” Baker told The Daily Telegraph.

“While he acquitted himself very well at Group 1 level in the George Ryder Stakes, I think we’re best off getting him nice and fit for those early Group races in the spring.

“He’s come back well given the big prep he had last time and if he keep stepping up maybe we could look at a race like the Epsom Handicap.”

The 2015 Epsom Handicap has been confirmed to sport an impressive $1 million prize pool; double that of the 2014 edition taken out by the Chris Waller-trained He’s Your Man.

“Just in time for Burbero, I like it,” Baker added.

Burbero was kept to minor events through the first few seasons of his racing career and interestingly did not tackle black type company until February of this year, when he ran second to Greatwood in the Parramatta Cup.

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