Fight­ing spirit of Lau­rens pre­vails yet again

Bril­liant filly seals fourth Group One win of sea­son Winx ex­tends vic­to­ri­ous streak to 28 races in a row

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Sport - By Mar­cus Army­tage RAC­ING COR­RE­SPON­DENT

What­ever En­able or Sea Of Class do in Paris to­day, they will be hard pressed to match Karl Burke’s out­stand­ing filly Lau­rens for Group One wins this sea­son af­ter she made all the run­ning to beat Hap­pily by a head in the King­dom of Bahrain Sun Char­iot Stakes at New­mar­ket yes­ter­day.

Win­ning her fifth Group One in all, her fourth this sea­son af­ter tak­ing the Saint-Alary and Prix de Diane in France and the Ma­tron Stakes in Ire­land, she once again showed few horses can match her bat­tling qual­i­ties when Hap­pily laid down a chal­lenge late on.

Danny Tud­hope, who again deputised for the in­jured PJ McDon­ald, said: “She was a bit fresh to­day, and I was prac­ti­cally just a pas­sen­ger for the first part of the race.

“She’s got some stride on her. I just wanted to let her go and en­joy her­self, and the line came just in time.

“It wasn’t easy, but we got there. I was start­ing to worry I had too much un­der­neath me in the first half of the race, but when the sec­ond horse came to me, she went again. She’s a very tough filly.”

Burke, who trains Lau­rens for John Dance, said: “She’s a su­perb filly and hope­fully peo­ple give her the credit she de­serves. John was quite happy to sup­ple­ment her for the QE II [on Qipco Cham­pi­ons Day in a fort­night] if that’s what we want to do. We’ll be stick­ing to a mile for the mo­ment.”

Young Scot­tish-born ap­pren­tice Ni­cola Cur­rie gained her big­gest suc­cess so far when Rais­ing Sand came through with a strong late run to win the valu­able Bet With As­cot Chal­lenge Cup. It was a third win­ner in two days at As­cot for trainer Jamie Os­borne.

Mean­while in Aus­tralia, Winx re­mains on course to land a his­toric fourth Cox Plate hav­ing suc­cess­fully nav­i­gated yes­ter­day’s TAB Turn­bull Stakes – her 28th con­sec­u­tive vic­tory and 21st Group One.

A slow early pace meant Winx had to pull out all the stops late on, but once again she proved her bril­liance in front of a packed Flem­ing­ton.

“Isn’t she amaz­ing,” said her jockey, Hugh Bow­man. “When I peeled in off the back and went in af­ter them, I thought we were in for a fight, but the fi­nal 100 me­tres – it was just ex­tra­or­di­nary. That will do her good as she had to dig deep, and it should bring her on nicely for the fourth Cox Plate.”

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