Quiet Reflection runs out an impressive winner of the Sandy Lane Stakes
PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
By David Carr 7:06AM 17 JUN 2016
A GROUP 1 is a Group 1 and no trainer can afford to be choosy but success here would mean an awful lot to Karl Burke.
He has already struck at the highest level, with Lord Shanakill and Odeliz (twice), but those successes came in France and Italy.
There would be no better place to get off the mark in British Group 1 company than Royal Ascot and there is no better race than the Commonwealth Cup for his Quiet Reflection, who followed up her Prix Sigy success at Chantilly when bolting up by three and three-quarter lengths in a Group 2 event over this trip at Haydock.
“To have our first Group 1 winner in England would be fantastic and to do it at the big meeting would be even better,” Burke said.
“Quiet Reflection did her last canter this morning and she moved brilliantly. I am very happy with her, she looks great. I just hope she can produce a performance like she did at Haydock, and there is no reason she shouldn’t. If anything, she looks better and stronger.”
Three of the filly’s Haydock victims reoppose, but Burke hopes she can confirm her superiority.
“I have plenty of respect for the Haydock second Donjuan Triumphant, but I think we go there with a great chance,” he said.