By Mark Scully 3:45PM 17 JUN 2016
Report: Royal Ascot, Friday
Commonwealth Cup (Group 1) 6f, 3yo
QUIET REFLECTION provided former jump jockey Dougie Costello with a first Group 1 winner on the Flat and trainer Karl Burke with a first Group 1 winner in Britain with another display of blistering speed.
The filly stormed to the head of the market for the second renewal of this Group 1 contest with a devastating win at Haydock in May and was sent off the 7-4 favourite.
She sent her owners, the Ontoawinner syndicate among them, into raptures as she ran down 14-1 shot Kachy, who hung markedly left, with Washington DC taking third at 8-1.
Burke admitted the plan had not been to race in the pack as Quiet Reflection did but paid tribute to her speed, saying: “She’s very good. It wasn’t the plan to be stuck in the middle like that but she’s got a great turn of foot and it’s got her out of trouble again.”
‘You want every ride to be like that’
Costello said Quiet Reflection’s nature makes her a straightforward ride, as he fought back the tears as the crowd applauded him and the filly on their way back to the winner’s enclosure.
“They went a nice pace but she’s such an honest mare,” he said. “She jumps, wherever you want to go, she goes. She switches off. She really picked up on the ground today and her courage has taken her all the way as well as her class.
“You want every ride to be like that. I gave her two and I probably didn’t even need to, I probably just panicked. I’m just so lucky.
“I owe Karl Burke a lot. Anybody would have won on her today and the last day. It’s been a long road.”
July Cup unlikely
BetVictor responded to the win by trimming Quiet Reflection to 7-1 (from 10) to emulate last year’s winner Muhaarar and go on to take the July Cup at Newmarket.
Burke appeared to pour cold water on that suggestion, with a break now seemingly on the agenda.
“This was the main plan but now we’ve got to take on our elders,” he said. “We’re in the July Cup but I’d be a bit afraid of that if it came up fast ground with the undulations.
“Maybe the clever thing to do is give her a little break and aim her at the Sprint Cup at Haydock, then Champions Day back here.”
Dascombe at a loss
Trainer Tom Dascombe was unable to explain Kachy’s hanging towards the grandstand but was quick to congratulate Burke.
He said: “I don’t know why he’s done it but second in a Group 1 is still second in a Group 1. Obviously we all want to win but I’m thrilled for Karl Burke. He’s one of my best mates and if we’re going to lose to anybody, I’d rather lose to him.
“For all I could see, we were the winner all the way but I don’t want to take anything away from the winner. I don’t know what to say, dropping back to five furlongs with a pair of blinkers is probably the answer.”