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Laurens gets green light for QEII Stakes after workout

14 Oct 2018

Filly will be supplemented for mile showpiece at cost of £70,000 on Monday.

Laurens wins the Prix de Diane.

Laurens and McDonald were reunited on Sunday. Picture: Racingfotos.com

Laurens pleased connections in a workout on Sunday as she was reunited with PJ McDonald ahead of being supplemented for the QIPCO-sponsored Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

Karl Burke was keen to give her the important exercise earlier than normal, to ensure her wellbeing before committing to the mile showpiece on QIPCO British Champions Day at Monday’s confirmation stage.

“She worked today I’m very happy with her,” said Burke. “PJ rode her. It wasn’t a hard piece of work, it was just with her usual lead horse, but she looks in great form.

“One of the two reasons to do the work this morning was it gives her an extra couple of days recovery for Saturday rather than work on the usual Tuesday.

“And also we can make sure she is 100 per cent in the morning after her work before we press the button and spend £70,000 of John’s (Dance, owner) money.

“She looks fantastic and we are all very happy. Fingers crossed there are no reasons why we shouldn’t be going for the QEII.”

The bonus for the team was that McDonald was back in the plate as he nears his return to competitive action before Champions Day, following injury that caused him to miss the last two of Laurens’ five career Group One victories, in the Matron Stakes and Kingdom  of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes.

“PJ looks fit and well. He’s been working hard at Jack Berry House and I think he rides again on Wednesday,” said Burke.

“He’s having a couple of rides on Wednesday and a couple on Friday, I think, in preparation for Saturday. He looks pretty fit to me.”