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The daughter of exciting French stallion Siyouni changed hands 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 in tight finishes.
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.
Karl Burke’s 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’s come out of the race fine, she’s on her way home and while I haven’t seen her, I’ve been told everything is good.
“We haven’t had chance to have a chat, her two options are the Sun Chariot or to go back to France, but I would think going by what John (Dance, owner) said the Sun Chariot is going to be the preferred option.
“She doesn’t quicken, she lengthens and that is why we all thought she’d stay further.”
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