October saw Quiet Reflection target another huge prize when she went to Ascot for Champions Day to compete in the Group 1 – Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes. It is a great privilege to have a horse of her quality compete in arguably the best day’s flat racing in the world.
Quiet Reflection was favourite in the weeks leading up to the race and confidence was high among the team at Ontoawinner. Her preparation had gone really well and as a 3 year old, she is maturing physically all the time.
On the day of the race, she looked absolutely fantastic and was sent off a 4/1 co favourite for the sprint. She broke smartly and everything seemed to be going to plan but for whatever reason, she didn’t show her usual zest and Dougie looked after her in the latter stages of the contest, she finished 7th on the day. Dougie reported that she didn’t give him her usual feel and she will now have a well-deserved break.
She finishes the season a winner of 4 races from 6 starts. She started her season with a Group 3 win in the Prix Sigy at Chantilly. She followed that up with a demonstration of her class when scoring cosily in the Group 2 Sandy Lane at Haydock. She then went on to the Royal meeting at Ascot where she justified favouritism to win the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup. Her final victory of the year came in the July Cup at Haydock where she once again showed a very impressive turn of foot to land her second Group 1 of the season. She amassed over 550k in prize money this year and richly deserves to be among the horse of the year contenders at the Cartier Awards next month. She is only a 3 year old which makes her achievements even more impressive, we look forward to her taking to the track again in 2017.
Away from the track, our new crop of yearlings are proving to be very popular and shares are selling quickly. We have some very exciting types by some quality sires. We offer a range of horses to suit all budgets. It’s a very exciting time of the year as we try and unearth the next black type performer. The yearlings are being backed and ridden away and all is going well. We are also expanding operations all the time to offer greater choice to our owners and to cover more parts of England and Ireland, making it more accessible for owners to visit their horses. We do have shares available, anyone interested should check out www.ontoawinner.net/available-shares