QUIET REFLECTION announced her return to the sprinting scene in style with an impressive comeback victory in the Renaissance Stakes at Naas.
Karl Burke’s four-year-old filly struck twice at Group One level last season but had not been seen since being well-beaten at Haydock in May on her seasonal reappearance.
Burke said: “We had to take our time with her and it’s just a shame that things didn’t go right early on (in the year).
“Hopefully she comes out of this well and roll on four weeks for Ascot. If the ground comes up soft she will give Harry Angel a race.
“On soft ground this filly is very good and she can only sharpen up for that run. Win, lose or draw she has been an absolute star for us, and it’s just great to get her back.
“She heads to Tattersalls in December. That’s where she’ll go after Ascot.
“We will be able to float her into Ascot now. We won’t have to push her at all and can give her a nice easy week or two and then pick her up for a week or so.
“She has a great temperament and has been a pleasure to be around.”
The four-year-old was the 5-2 favourite for this Group Three test and travelled powerfully in the hands of Martin Harley and, when the gap finally arrived, Quiet Reflection went through the gears quickly to run out the winner by two and three-quarter lengths from Aidan O’Brien’s Alphabet.
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Burke’s fine season with his juveniles continued earlier in the day as Ellthea ran out an impressive winner of the C.L. & M.F. Weld Park Stakes.
The two-year-old filly, who won a valuable nursery at Doncaster’s St Leger meeting earlier this month, was due to take a step up in class in Saturday’s Firth of Clyde Stakes at Ayr.
The abandonment of that fixture led to her making what turned out to be a worthwhile last minute trip to Ireland, as she ran out a 10-1 winner winner in the Group Three contest for Colm O’Donoghue.
Burke said: “Obviously she is a talented filly, but she has just suffered with being in season all summer really. Every time we took her away she was in season and not performing.
“There is a little bit of temperament to her which when she uses in the right way she is very useful.
“I’m not sure if she will run again. We were thinking if she nicked a bit of black type we would probably pack her in for the year but Colm said she did that pretty easily and was a bit lonely in front.
“So we might look for something else yet.”