188bet Sandy Lane Stakes
Group 2, Haydock Park 15:45
£90,000 added,
3yo only,
6f, Class 1    
Saturday 28th May 2016


1 Quiet Reflection 7-1
2 Donjuan Triumphant 7/1
3 Gifted Master 5/4F
NR: Taneen (USA)
7 ran Distances: 3¾l, hd, nk
TIME 1m 10.57s (fast by 0.63s)

Quiet Reflection blasts home to win the Group 2 Sandy Lane stakes for Karl Burke and Dougie Costello

Quiet Reflection
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Quiet Reflection

Karl Burke's charge was sent off at odds of 7-1 in a race expected to be dominated by the likes of Gifted Master and Buratino.

Gifted Master duly set out to make all, setting a decent gallop closely tracked by Gracious John with Buratino also sitting handy in fourth.

In contrast, Dougie Costello dropped Quiet Reflection in behind, waiting for the perfect moment to push on as the race began in earnest.

Buratino was one of the first to challenge Gifted Master, with Donjuan Triumphant also kicking again on the run to the line, but neither could match the finish of Quiet Reflection.

Costello produced her inside the final furlong and when he gave the signal, she readily pushed on to notch a three-and-three-quarter-length win over Donjuan Triumphant.

Costello told Channel 4 Racing: "Today she travelled, I was happy with where I was. She's won going away.

"I think she's learned to settle within herself mentally and she has plenty of speed."

Costello went on: "I'm struggling to put into words how it feels. "I rode some nice horses when I worked for John Quinn, but this filly is all about speed.

"She's won in hack canter and, if anything, I hit the front too soon."

Burke said: "She's a different filly to the one that won in France (last month), she's physically matured since then and I knew she'd improved.

"It wasn't the idea to sit that far back but when I saw him cruise up on her two out, I thought he'd gone too soon.

"She's got a fantastic turn of foot and a high cruising speed and when you put them together, it makes something special.

"Six furlongs is obviously no problem and at Ascot we may as well keep her to her own age group (Commonwealth Cup) where hopefully the American (Acapulco) might give us a nice lead!

"If it was soft, we could go for the King's Stand."

Sky Bet now make Quiet Reflection 5-1 for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot, while also offering 12-1 about her chance in the King's Stand Stakes.


188bet Sandy Lane Stakes (Group 2)
£90,000 added, 3yo only, 6f, Class 1
7 ran
Going: Good

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (3) Quiet Reflection 7/1 D C Costello
K R Burke 3
2nd (1) Donjuan Triumphant (IRE) 7/1 R L Moore
R A Fahey 3
3rd (7) hd Gifted Master (IRE) 5/4f P J Smullen
H Palmer 3
4th (2) nk Buratino (IRE) 11/2 James Doyle
M Johnston 3
5th (5) La Rioja 13/2 Oisin Murphy
H Candy 3
6th (8) 2 Ajaya 8/1 Andrea Atzeni
W J Haggas 3
7th (4) ½ Gracious John (IRE) 16/1 A Kirby
P D Evans 3
NR (6) Taneen (USA) 16/1 P Hanagan
R Varian 3

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