Quiet Reflection got her career back on track with an impressive victory in the Renaissance Stakes at Naas.
Karl Burke’s dual Group One winner had not been seen since she was well beaten in the Temple Stakes at Haydock in May, but was the 5-2 favourite for this Group Three and travelled powerfully under Martin Harley.
She had to wait for a gap, but when it came, Quiet Reflection went through the gears in fine style and passed the post two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Alphabet.
All roads now lead to the Qipco British Champions Sprint on October 21, and Burke said: “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.
“She has a great temperament and has been a pleasure to be around.”
Burke was completing a Group-race double on the card following Ellthea’s triumph in the CL & MF Weld Park Stakes.
Aidan O’Brien has a team of seven to chose from for Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly.
While opposition to John Gosden’s filly Enable appears thin on the ground, O’Brien seems intent on giving himself the strongest possibility of following up last year’s success with Found.
Among his classy septet are last year’s second and third, Highland Reel and Order Of St George, as well as multiple Group One scorer Winter, who has yet to run over a mile and a half and Irish Derby and St Leger hero Capri.
“We are going to leave seven in the Arc,” said O’Brien.
“Order Of St George, Idaho, Highland Reel, Capri, Winter, Seventh Heaven and Cliffs Of Moher.”