Burke steers Odeliz towards Paris showdown

Leyburn-based trainer Karl Burke.
Leyburn-based trainer Karl Burke.
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KARL Burke’s stable star Odeliz is being primed for another Group One assault in Paris on Sunday week.

The five-year-old has been a flag-bearer for her yard and hit the jackpot last time out when winning the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville.

Racing overseas certainly seems to suit and the Prix de l’Opera on Arc day at Longchamp is her objective.

“She’ll go for the Opera next,” said Leyburn-based Burke.

“Everything has been fine since Deauville.

“She’s got a serious piece of work to do on Friday and if she comes through that fine, it should put her spot on.”

Joining her on the trip will be stablemate Katie’s Diamond, who is heading for the Prix Marcel Boussac after connections opted to miss the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket.

The Qatar Racing-owned two-year-old won her first two starts at Redcar and in Listed company at Newmarket but lost her unbeaten record in the Prix du Calvados behind Richard Hannon’s Great Page.

She was far from disgraced on that occasion, beaten just a length and a half, and the Turtle Bowl filly is now in line to return to France.

Burke said: “We put her in the Rockfel as an afterthought really.”