Burke’s sure Lau­rens can make them all go

The Racing Paper - - News - By Sam Jack­son

KARL Burke is con­fi­dent Lau­rens re­mains in peak con­di­tion ahead of her bid for fur­ther big-race glory in the King­dom Of Bahrain Sun Char­iot Stakes at New­mar­ket.

It will be ex­actly five months to­day since the pop­u­lar filly kicked off her cam­paign by fin­ish­ing se­cond in the 1000 Guineas over this course and dis­tance, and she has been cam­paigned ex­clu­sively at the high­est level all year.

Suc­ces­sive Group One wins in the Prix Sain­tAlary and the Prix de Diane in France were fol­lowed by a dis­ap­point­ing first run over a mile and a half in the York­shire Oaks.

How­ever, she got back on the win­ning trail when in­flict­ing a shock de­feat on the now-re­tired Al­pha Cen­tauri in the Ma­tron Stakes at Leop­ard­stown three weeks ago, and she sticks to a mile this week­end.

Burke said: “It’s an­other tough race, but she’s more than en­ti­tled to be there.

“She seems in great form. She came back from Leop­ard­stown well, the cou­ple of bits of work she’s done since the Ma­tron have been good and she’s looks great, so there’s noth­ing to sug­gest the sea­son is catch­ing up with her.

“The French filly (Wind Chimes) looks the one to beat, but if Lau­rens is at the top of her game then what­ever beats her will de­serve to.”

Wind Chimes is rated 4lb higher than Lau­rens, hav­ing pro­duced a ca­reer- best per­for­mance to fin­ish a close se­cond be­hind Reco­le­tos in last month’s Prix du Moulin de Longchamp.

Trainer An­dre Fabre, who claimed the Sun Char­iot three years ago with Eso­terique, sup­ple­mented Wind Chimes for this year’s re­newal on Mon­day and ex­pects his filly to make her pres­ence felt.

Fabre said: “She will run well, I’m sure of that. She showed form against the colts last time out, that gives us hope that she is well up to run­ning a big race.

“As for the ground, she acts very well on soft ground, but she also has some top-class form on good ground as well. On all known form we can’t beat Lau­rens, but she did get beaten at New­mar­ket in the Guineas, so we’ll see.”

Af­ter fin­ish­ing third in the Coronation Stakes at Royal As­cot and the Nas­sau Stakes at Good­wood, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Ve­ra­cious en­joyed a con­fi­dence-boost­ing suc­cess in the Group Three Ata­lanta Stakes at Sandown on her lat­est ap­pear­ance, earn­ing her a re­turn to Group One com­pany.

In great form: Lau­rens, rid­den by Daniel Tud­hope, (right) wins the Cool­more Fast­net Rock Ma­tron Stakes

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