QUIET Reflection, a race horse part owned by an Omagh man, is aiming for its third Group One success of the season at Ascot tomorrow (Saturday).
Reflection runs in the Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes. The prestigious race boast a prize fund of £600, 000 and is the grand finale to the Qipco British Champions Series.
The three-year-old filly will go into the race as second favourite after Group One victories at Haydock Park and at Ascot back in June.
Quiet Reflection is jointly-owned by trainer Karl Burke and the Ontoawinner syndicate which includes Omagh native Stephen Kernan.
In September it romped to victory in the 32 Red Sprint Cup, that after winning the prestigious Commonwealth Cup at Ascot to land the £250, 000 first prize.
The outstanding prospect was purchased at a ‘breeze up’ sale in Doncaster for £44, 000 last year and following the Commonwealth Cup win was ranked as the number one three-year-old sprinter in world racing.
Ahead of that Commonwealth Cup triumph Reflection’s owners had turned down a bid of £1.3million and following the win at Haydock there had been speculation the horse’s valued had soared to over £2million.
The horse had been entered for the Tattersalls sales in December but according to trainer Burke that was nothing more than a back-up plan. He said that following Saturday’s outing Reflection would be well rested for next season.
That may or may not be the case. Should Reflection win on Saturday the syndicate might just receive an offer that is too good to turn down.
Before her Group One wins Reflection triumphed at Ayr, in the Future Champions Day at Newmarket and in the Prix Sigy at Chantilly, France before breaking the course record in the Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock.
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