Quiet Reflection can roar to success in July Cup
David Metcalf | July 8, 2016
Quiet Reflection has a huge shout in July Cup
Quiet Reflection is a young sprinter on a serious upward curve, so looks decent value to bag another Group 1 success in the July Cup at Newmarket (16:35).
The Karl Burke trained filly has won six of her seven starts and is unbeaten in three runs this season.
After landing a Group 3 at Chantilly and the Group 2 Temple Stakes at Haydock in scintillating style, the daughter of Showcasing took the step up into Group 1 company in her stride to land the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.
Potent turn of foot
Quiet Reflection travelled strongly throughout in the hands of a confident Dougie Costello before quickening smartly to score with more in hand than the winning margin of a length suggests.
It was a performance which oozed class, and the daughter of Showcasing’s potent turn of foot marks her out as something special.
The three-year-old now takes on older horses for the first time and faces her toughest task to date, but she receives a handy 9lb age and sex allowance from her elders and can make the most of it to extended her unbeaten run.
Candy pair big players
There are plenty of dangers in a stellar renewal of the 6f contest; trainer Henry Candy has two big players in the shape of Limato and Twilight Son.
The former has won four of his eight starts and has some top class sprinting form to his name having finished runner-up to the brilliant Muhaarar in last year’s Commonwealth Cup.
Limato is a strong travelling sort with a deadly turn of foot when on-song, and will be suited by the drop back down in trip having seemingly failed to stay when fourth in the 1m Lockinge Stakes on return to action at Newbury.
Twilight Son won last year’s Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock, and looked as good as ever last time out when landing the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
The four-year-old has a rock solid profile, is versatile as regards ground and looks sure to make his presence felt.
Magical Memory and Profitable in with a shout
Magical Memory and Profitable are other key players in a wide-open race.
The former finished behind Twilight Son when fourth in the Diamond Jubilee, but lost ground when awkwardly away as the stalls opened and in the circumstances did well to come from so far back and be beaten just 1/2 a length.
Profitable has shown progressive form to win all three of his starts this season, and comes into the contest on the back of a career-best effort when landing the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot by half-a-length.
The Clive Cox trained four-year-old tanked through the race and idled once hitting the front and could well have even more to offer.
Coral’s top tip: Quiet Reflection looks decent value to land a fantastic renewal of the July Cup. Twilight Son heads a host of dangers and can chase her home.