Quiet Reflection in top form for Limato rematch
Karl Burke on Quiet Reflection: "Our filly has definitely strengthened"
PICTURE: John Grossick racingpost.com/photos Quiet Reflection in top form for Limato rematch By Graham Dench 8:16AM 12 OCT 2016
COMMONWEALTH CUP winner Quiet Reflection has delighted Karl Burke in her preparation for Saturday's Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot, in which she faces a rematch with her July Cup conqueror Limato.
Although the trainer has nothing but respect for Limato, who was arguably more impressive than ever in the Prix de la Foret at Chantilly on Arc day, Burke has been looking forward to another crack at Henry Candy's stable star since Quiet Reflection was beaten two and a quarter lengths into third at Newmarket.
He said: "Limato is a fantastic horse, with a great trainer, and I have the utmost respect for both, but I said after the July Cup I couldn't wait to take him on again in the autumn, so I've got my wish.
"Our filly has definitely strengthened and we think she's a better filly going into this race than that one, when Dougie [Costello] said after the race that she hadn't felt going down as if she had quite the edge on her that she'd had at Royal Ascot or in her Haydock prep race."
He added: "She's had a long season, but we've given her a little break since her Sprint Cup win at Haydock and we think she's progressed again. Her final piece of strong work on Saturday was good and she's looking fantastic.
"She's about six kilos heavier than before Haydock but she'll probably have knocked a couple of those off when breezing today and I'll be happy enough if she's still three or four kilos heavier on Saturday, as she looks so much stronger and rounder now and we've had a much smoother trip into the race.
"I couldn't be happier with her and I just hope she runs her race. If that's good enough, great, if it's not, so be it."
'Librisa Breeze is a Group horse'
Among Quiet Reflection's rivals will also be Librisa Breeze, who is something of an unknown quantity and has won two valuable 7f handicaps at Ascot since finishing second in the Hunt Cup at the royal meeting.
Trainer Dean Ivory, who is looking forward to a crack at what would be by far the biggest prize of his career, said: "We think Librisa Breeze is a Group horse, but whether it's Group 1, 2 or 3 we don't know yet.
"He's had one run in a Group 3 at York, and he ran a brilliant race to be third considering we were drawn wide and went to the inside, when we might have been better staying where we were, and also York is a fast track that favours front-runners.
"Nobody knows quite how good he is, but he's there to run a big race and I'm sure he'll give a good account. I'll be delighted if he can finish in the first four."
Ivory would ideally like a bit of rain for Librisa Breeze and he can take a little encouragement from the latest forecast.
Clerk of the course Chris Stickels admits the forecast is "not clearcut" but said on Tuesday: "We haven't had any rain since Saturday night but showers are possible tomorrow, and there is an increased risk of them on Friday into Saturday, when they could merge into longer spells of rain.
"There's no change to the going, which remains good, good to soft in places on the outer course, and good to firm, firm in places on the inner track."
He added: "We'll make a final decision on which track we'll run the Champions Stakes on by tomorrow lunchtime, but if the going remains as it is we'll be going back to the outer track, which is where it's traditionally run."
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