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
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.”