Nikki Burke has racing running through her veins. Based at the Cranbourne Training Centre in Victoria, Nikki has been involved with racing since she was a young child going through school. While other kids were heading on school camps or having day trips to the city, Nikki was at the local stables mucking out boxes and caring for the horses. On the weekends if she wasn’t doing the same Nikki would be at the races watching her favourite thoroughbreds competing on the track.

Nikki Burke prides herself on being a hands on trainer. With 20+ horses in work Nikki Burke Racing provides an intimate approach to each of their horses, ensuring they get the necessary care and attention to optimise performance while providing a nurturing environment that keeps the horses happy and healthy. Nikki rides each and every one of her horses on the track giving her the edge that most trainers simply do not have the luxury of. Being a part of each individual horses program from the moment they are saddled up each morning to their final feed and exercise of an afternoon, Nikki Burke gets to know her horses extremely well. By having this advantage Nikki can tailor a program for each individual horse that maximises performance and keeps them mentally fresh and happy.

Nikki’s normal routine consists of a 2.20am start, 6 days a week. No day is the same at Nikki Burke Racing and this is what keeps her and the team motivated to provide the best care and attention for their horses. Being with the horses is not just a job for Nikki, it’s a passion, a way of life. After the morning has finished Nikki is home for a few hours to take care of the administration, race programming and owner liaison. However, with just a few hours to complete those tasks it is back to the track for afternoon stable work.

Nikki believes her biggest asset is patience. Nikki Burke Racing never asks too much of the horse and enables them to build their fitness levels up slowly, keeping them happy and feeling well in themselves when they hit the track each day. Then on race days this translates to a horse that presents at the races feeling fresh and ready to perform at their peak. 

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Nautical defies the odds to win Bow Mistress

VICTORIAN mare Nautical produced a career-best performance to score a last-stride win in the $125,000 Group 3 Bow Mistress Trophy at UBET Park yesterday.Nautical ($13) produced a ...

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Nautical Overcomes Travel Stress To Win Bow Mistress

But the Cranbourne-trained six-year-old repaid her trainer when coming with a late dash for a thrilling nose victory in the Group 3 Bow Mistress Stakes over 1200 metres on ...

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Nautical Sails To Black Type Success

“I begged Richard to keep her. She is a stunning filly. Almost jet black.”Cranbourne trainer, Nikki Burke, was recalling the 2011 Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale and her ...

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Big day for Higgins aboard Nautical

Jockey Brian Higgins has waited patiently to record his first-ever Saturday winner and he did it in style at Flemington on Saturday aboard Nautical in the Listed Straight ...

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Recent Winners

Horse Date Race Margin Jockey
Simply Dreaming Dec 15, 2018 2 - Cranbourne 3.30 Jordan Childs
Testa Life Sep 03, 2018 7 - Wangaratta 0.80 Ms N Beriman
Class Aplenty Apr 16, 2018 1 - Mornington 0.50 Beau Mertens
Testa Life Jun 12, 2017 3 - Mornington 0.80 B Higgins