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Laurens has developed into one of the best fillies in training – securing five Group 1 wins. It does not pay to get involved in tight tussles with her – all those victories have been achieved by no more than half a length.
The daughter of exciting French stallion Siyouni was bought by owner John Dance for £220,000 as a yearling and improved throughout 2017, taking the Group 2 May Hill Stakes at Doncaster before holding off the late lunge of September by a nose in the Fillies’ Mile.
And she picked up from where she left off on her return in 2018 when beating all bar Billesdon Brook in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas before winning successive Group 1 races over ten furlongs in France – the Gurkha Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary at Paris-Longchamp, by a short head, and then the Prix de Diane (French Oaks) by a neck.
Her wins as a two-year-old were achieved by a head and a nose. Clearly, she is a filly who digs deep.
Karl Burke, her trainer, expected nothing less at Newmarket. In the build-up, he said: “She’s got a big chance. Her two-year-old form was very good and if anything I think she has improved on that. She’s a well-balanced filly for one who is so big and who has such a massive stride.
Burke and jockey P.J. McDonald were immediately looking ahead after her second in the fillies’ Classic.
The Leyburn handler said: “Take nothing away from our filly. She is a very high-class. She has gone a fantastic gallop and I’m pretty sure we will go straight to the Prix de Diane now.
“The extra two-and-a-half furlongs will be ideal. She is so honest and I’m delighted. The trip is the key. I think she is crying out for further, although she is not slow.”
Burke was proved right in the French Oaks, but Laurens seemed less effective next time when stepped up to a mile and a half for the first time in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.
A bit keen early on, she faded to finish sixth behind Sea Of Class.
The tenacious filly bounced back with a bang back over a mile in the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes at Leopardstown – securing her fourth Group 1 triumph when defeating superstar miler Alpha Centauri.
Burke said the next day: “She doesn’t quicken, she lengthens and that is why we all thought she’d stay further.”
Three weeks later she was back in the winner’s enclosure, making almost all and winning the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket by a head from Happily.
A fortnight later she contested the QIPCO-sponsored Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, after being supplemented for £70,000, but she faded as if it was possibly one race too many for the year.
Kept in training in 2019, she showed all her ability and spirit is intact by chasing home Mustashry in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes.
Her connections are adamant she will progress for the run and the rematch in the Queen Anne Stakes could be a cracker.
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