Quiet Reflection streaks clear for Dougie CostelloPICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
Quiet Reflection too good in Sandy Lane
Report: Haydock, Saturday
188BET Sandy Land Stakes (Group 2) 6f, 3yo
QUIET REFLECTION sprung something of a surprise as she got the better of Donjuan Triumphant, Buratino and Gifted Master in impressive style.
The filly, tipped by Pricewise in Saturday's Racing Post, travelled with only Donjuan Triumphant behind her in the closing stages, as the 5-4 favourite Gifted Master cut out the early running.
Buratino briefly looked a threat towards the far side but it was Quiet Reflection, under former jump jockey Dougie Costello, who hit the front with a furlong to go and quickly put the race to bed.
The manner of her three-and-three-quarter length win impressed Coral to the extent that she is their new 7-2 favourite for the Commonwealth Cup from 10-1, as well as trimming her to 12-1 for the King's Stand (from 25).
Saturday's victory followed up a win in the Group 3 Prix Sigy at Chantilly last month and Costello could hardly contain his excitement about the Quiet Reflection's future prospects.
"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."
Burke targets Ascot
Trainer Karl Burke was in equally bullish mood following Quiet Reflection's victory and is leaning towards a tilt at the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot next month.
Burke did suggest he could be tempted by the Group 1 King's Stand Stakes over five furlongs should the ground come up soft but said of the six furlong Commonwealth Cup: "There's an American horse [Acapulco] that will probably give us a nice lead and hopefully we can cut it down in the last furlong."
Reflecting on the style of her victory on Saturday, Burke 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."