Burke expects better at Ascot

Quiet Reflection wins at Royal Ascot last year.

Karl Burke expects to see dual Group One winner Quiet Reflection to "strip a lot fitter" than on her seasonal return at Haydock when she runs in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Last year's Commonwealth and Sprint Cup heroine will bid for a third top-level success when she steps back up in trip for the six-furlong contest on June 24.

Quiet Reflection appeared to be in need of the run when finishing 10th in last month's Temple Stakes on ground that was faster than ideal.

Burke said: "Everything is good with Quiet Reflection. She has come out of her last race great and is moving well.

"She went into the Haydock race 14 kilograms heavier than her last run last year so it tells you how much she needed it.

"In hindsight, we should have gone to the Curragh with her on the same day as Haydock where the ground went soft.

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"She will strip a lot fitter for that run and now heads to the Diamond Jubilee at Ascot.

"We are expecting a big run, but obviously the slower the ground, the better."

Havana Grey will be kept to the minimum trip at Royal Ascot after he was given the green light to contest the Norfolk Stakes.

Although the two-year-old features prominently in the betting for the Coventry Stakes, trainer Karl Burke has confirmed that the five-furlong Group Two on June 22 will be next on his agenda.

Since having met with defeat on his debut at Nottingham in April, the son of Havana Gold has posted two straight wins, most recently in a Listed event at Sandown last month.

Burke said: "Havana Grey was very good at Sandown and he has come out of that race well. He will now head to the Norfolk Stakes.

"The time was good at Sandown and he beat some good horses that night. His form in all his races has been good.

"He didn't beat a lot at Ayr but he did it in good fashion. He improved from that and he has improved again from Sandown.

"Two times he has been drawn on the rail so we have had to commit and go forward, but he definitely is a better horse when he gets a lead as he has got a good turn of foot.

"I think he will get six (furlongs) but this is Royal Ascot and not a time for experimenting."

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