Five-star Burke revelling in recent run of success

  • 18 February 2023, 14:26

Jessica Burke is a woman on form at the moment, and she capped off a magnificent run of form by winning the 1.45m CSI5* ranking class at Sharjah.

Galway girl Burke has been in the form of her life of late, helping Ireland to four-star and five-star FEI Nations Cup podium finishes in the Middle East.

Those runs were on the Liam Nicholas-owned Nikey HH and, this weekend, Burke was on fire on board Natasha Carolan’s Inpulss.

The combination jumped clear in the jump-off in a time of 27.08 seconds, winning the class by a razor-thin two hundreths of a second.

Germany’s David Will was second on board Cento du Rouet with a time of 27.10 and the man-in-form, Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano finished third, another two hundreths of a second back in a time of 27.12 seconds on Julius D.

After the win Burke told “I’m just delighted with the horses results overall out here, to be honest.

“Inpulss has been jumping great, she won the first week but has been a little unlucky since, and always knocking on the door. So I was really happy for her to get that 5* win.

“Also, to beat two of the fastest riders in the world David Will and Emanuele Gaudiano in second and third was a very satisfying feeling as both have been incredible to watch here all tour and I can learn a lot from competing alongside them.

“Now I’m looking forward to finishing up with Sundays 5* Grand Prix and then getting my horses back home for a rest, they have been amazing so they deserve it.”