Burke hopes ground is not too quick for Quiet Reflection

Quiet Reflection (Dougie Costello)

Quiet Reflection (yellow): classy sprinter is 8-1 for the July Cup

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 By James Burn 12:09pM 8 JUL 2016 

COMMONWEALTH CUP heroine Quiet Reflection faces the toughest test of her credentials in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday and Karl Burke is optimistic she can pass it – as long as the ground is not too quick.

The three-year-old has plenty of form with ease underfoot and it is conditions, rather than a stellar cast in opposition, that is giving the trainer most concern.

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“She’s in great order and we’re very happy with her,” he said. “We’re going into the unknown taking on older horses and running on ground faster than good, so we’ll learn a lot, but I couldn’t be happier with her. I’d have loved a bit more rain, but it is what it is.”

Burke, who mentioned Limato and Air Force Blue as rivals to be wary of, will walk the course at Newmarket on Saturday, but expects Dougie Costello’s mount, who can be backed at 8-1 with Betfred, to run.

He added: “I respect plenty in the race – they’re good sprinters – but we’re a good sprinter. We’ve just got to prove ourselves in different circumstances. If it was good ground or slower it would be very hard for them to give her 9lb at this stage of the year because she’s an improving filly, getting stronger.”

The going at Newmarket was good to firm on Friday, although Saturday’s forecast includes a possible shower.

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