06/15/2016 2:20PM

Quiet Reflection favored to beat males in Commonwealth Cup


Quiet Reflection, a winner of four consecutive sprint stakes in England and France, will be favored to win the first Group 1 race of her career in Friday’s $567,800 Commonwealth Cup for 3-year-olds at Royal Ascot in England.

The Commonwealth Cup, run at six furlongs, drew a field of 12 but does not include Acapulco, the American-based runner who was withdrawn because of soft turf conditions at Ascot this week.

Quiet Reflection, trained by Karl Burke, won the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes at six furlongs by 3 3/4 lengths at Haydock Park, near Manchester, on May 28. In April, Quiet Reflection won the Group 3 Prix Sigy at six furlongs at Chantilly in France.

Owned by a partnership, Quiet Reflection is one of three fillies in the Commonwealth Cup field. The leading colts are Donjuan Triumphant, who was second in the Sandy Lane Stakes, and Log Out Island, the winner of the minor Carnarvon Stakes at six furlongs at Newbury Racecourse on May 14.

There are two Group 1 races on the seven-race program at Ascot on Friday, the fourth day of the five-day meeting. The leading race of the week for 3-year-old fillies is Friday’s $567,800 Coronation Stakes at a mile.

Jet Setting, the winner of the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas at The Curragh on May 22, will be favored against 12 rivals in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes. Trained by Adrian Keatley, Jet Setting was purchased on Monday for $1.845 million by the China Horse Club at the Goffs London Sale at Kensington Palace.

Jet Setting’s task was made easier on Wednesday when Ballydoyle, second in the Group 1 English 1000 Guineas on May 1, was withdrawn in favor of a start in Sunday’s French Oaks at Chantilly.

Jet Setting’s main rivals are Nathra, who was second in the Group 1 French 1000 Guineas at Deauville on May 15, and Nemoralia, who was third in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Keeneland last October for trainer Jeremy Noseda.

In Friday’s Albany Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs, the day’s first race, Wesley Ward, who trains Acapulco, starts Create a Dream, the winner of a maiden race at Ascot on April 27. The Group 3 Albany Stakes drew a field of 16 led by Cuff, a minor stakes winner in Ireland last month for trainer Aidan O’Brien.

Create a Dream will be ridden by Frankie Dettori, who teamed with Ward to win Wednesday’s Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes with Lady Aurelia.