Unfortunately continued the fine of success for Karl Burke in Ireland this season as he finished fast and late to pick up Group Three honours in the Renaissance Stakes at Naas.
North Yorkshire-based Burke recorded a Group One double on Irish Champions Weekend last month courtesy of Laurens and Havana Grey, and was back across the Irish Sea for a race he won 12 months ago with Quiet Reflection.
His representative this year was slowly away and still last of the six runners with a furlong to run, but Chris Hayes conjured a real tune out of the Cheveley Park Stud-owned three-year-old, who flashed home to cut down the Aidan O’Brien-trained St Patrick’s Day.
Burke said of his 100-30 scorer: “That’s a relief. When a team like Cheveley Park comes in you want to do well for them and things just haven’t dropped for this horse.
“We probably jarred him up at Ascot (Commonwealth Cup) running him on the very fast ground, and the summer just hasn’t gone our way.
“Chris said he pinged the gates, but he’s just gone to drop himself out and Chris thought he was in trouble for most of the way.
“He thought he’d bring him wide and have one long run at it. It’s worked perfectly and he’s given him a very good ride.
“It’s his first ride for me, but he’s a lad that I’ve followed for a long time and he’s a good, strong, aggressive rider from what I can see.
“You want the guys who listen to you and try to follow your plan as best they can. Chris has done that and I’m very happy.”
He added on future plans: “I’ll have to speak to Chris Richardson (of Cheveley Park) and the team. The only race now for him is the Ascot sprint (British Champions Sprint) and if that came up with a bit cut in the ground we have nothing to lose by having a go at that.
“I’d say he’ll go to stud at the end of the season. He was a very good two-year-old last year and he’s shown he’s still got some ability now. I’m sure he’ll do very well at stud and he’ll be a very popular commercial little horse.”