Quiet Reflection lined up in the Group 2 Sandy Lane stakes yesterday where Dougie Costello was aboard the Karl Burke trained 3 year old. Fresh from a Group 3 win in France, this daughter of Showcasing was aiming for her 5th win in 6 starts and her 3rd Group win in a row.
In the lead up to this prestigious race, Karl and all of the Ontoawinner team were bullish about our chances. The feeling was she had come on significantly from her run in France and we were should we would be seeing a different animal on the day. She traded at 10/1 in the lead up to the race but some shrewd judges tipped her up and that saw the money come, she was sent off a 7/1 shot on the day.
QR was drawn in stall 3 for the 7 runner event. From the off Dougie was happy to sit in behind off a good pace. Quiet Reflection was travelling supremely well and at the 2 furlong marker, Dougie angled her out to the side of the field and began to make his move. Approaching the furlong marker Dougie pressed go and she showed a frightening turn of foot to put the race to bed in a matter of strides, she ran out the winner by just under 4 lengths.
A jubilant Dougie said post-race –
“That’s massive for me and the team,” he said. “She’s just a push-button filly. In France, she was a little bit keen to post and probably didn’t travel as well as she did today. I felt she could be a 10lb better filly.
“Today she travelled, I was happy with where I was and she’s won going away. She’s settling this year compared to last year and wherever she is in a race, they’d have to have a lot of speed to catch her. She has instant speed.”
Reflecting on the style of her victory on Saturday, Karl added: “There was all this talk of her not getting six but I was always confident she would.
“She’s a different filly to the one who went to France, she’s matured and our horses weren’t particularly running well at that time.
“The idea probably wasn’t to sit that far back but we were never too far away. When Dougie came cruising up on the outside, I thought he was going to hit the front a bit too soon but she’s shown that fantastic turn of foot.”
It’s fair to say, this was a massive victory for her owners and for all involved, Quiet Reflection is a star and will now head to Ascot, with her most likely destination the Commonwealth Cup.
A huge well done to Jordan, Dougie, Karl and his superb team for all their hard work and deserved success and also huge congratulations to all of her owners, dreamland!
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