Burke’s sta­ble star Lau­rens digs deep to claim her sec­ond Group One vic­tory

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LAU­RENS was made to work hard for the sec­ond Group One win of her ca­reer in The Gurkha Cool­more Prix Saint-Alary at Paris­Longchamp.

Sent off the odds-on favourite on the back of her ex­cel­lent sec­ond in the 1000 Guineas at New­mar­ket, it took every yard of the 10 fur­longs to en­able Lau­rens to come out on top.

PJ McDon­ald at­tempted to make all on the Karl Bur­ke­trained filly, but she looked a sit­ting duck a fur­long out as An­dre Fabre’s Flowrider and the Freddy Head-trained With You threw down their chal­lenges. It was to Ley­burn-based Lau­rens’s credit, though, that she stuck her neck out and bat­tled all the way to the line, com­ing out on top in a photo.

Over in Ire­land, Ken Con­don and Jes­sica Har­ring­ton both en­joyed a week­end to re­mem­ber as they claimed their re­spec­tive first Clas­sic vic­to­ries at the Cur­ragh.

Con­don was the star of the show on Satur­day as his Ro­man­ised sprang a 25-1 sur­prise in the Tat­ter­salls Ir­ish 2,000 Guineas.

Shane Fo­ley, who was winning his sec­ond Clas­sic af­ter tak­ing the 1,000 Guineas two years ago on Jet Set­ting, brought Ro­man­ised with a late run to beat Ai­dan O’Brien’s US Navy Flag in clearcut fashion.

Pre-race favourite Elar­qam, looking to give Mid­dle­ham trainer Mark Johnston his first Clas­sic win in seven years, fin­ished a dis­ap­point­ing sixth un­der Jim Crow­ley.

But de­lighted Con­don – winning his first race this sea­son and first since last summer – said: “We kept faith in him and he had ex­cuses at Naas on his come­back.

“He worked the best he’s worked all spring last Tues­day. We knew we were a long shot com­ing in here, but I felt he was going to run a big race.

“I’m in a bit of shock and it will be a few days be­fore it sinks in.

“It’s just amazing to win a Clas­sic. It’s all I wanted to do when I en­tered rac­ing.

“It’s a very se­lect club and to ac­tu­ally step into that club feels like you are walk­ing through spe­cial doors to be con­sid­ered one of those.”

Mick Chan­non’s Opal Tiara (101) downed O’Brien’s Hy­drangea in the Lan­wades Stud Stakes in what was the fi­nal run of her ca­reer as she is in foal to Churchill.

The rest of Satur­day’s card was dom­i­nated by O’Brien with Fairy­land (4-1) winning the Mar­ble Hill Stakes and the Aus­tralian im­port Mer­chant Navy (9-2) looking a top-class prospect in the Green­lands Stakes.

O’Brien hit the Group One mark on Sun­day with Lan­caster Bomber trump­ing his better-fan­cied sta­ble­mate Cliffs Of Mo­her in the Tat­ter­salls Gold Cup.

How­ever, the day be­longed to Har­ring­ton who sent out Al­pha Cen­tauri to vic­tory in the Tat­ter­salls Ir­ish 1,000 Guineas.

Win­ner of some of the big­gest races in the jump­ing sphere, in­clud­ing last year’s Chel­tenham Gold Cup, Har­ring­ton was re­al­is­ing a long-held am­bi­tion.

She said: “It’s fan­tas­tic – I’ve fi­nally got the Clas­sic.

“I’ve been sec­ond and third and the horses have al­ways run re­ally well, but this is dream come true for me to win a Clas­sic.

“It’s al­most as good as winning a Gold Cup!

“To win a race like this is ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic. I’m just wait­ing for the As­cot win­ner now.”

Mal­ton trainer Richard Fa­hey’s Sands Of Mali is also As­cot-bound for the Com­mon­wealth Cup af­ter a thrilling bat­tle with In­vin­ci­ble Army in the Sandy Lane.

A re­match be­tween that pair is on the cards in Berk­shire next month.

Plat­inum War­rior boosted the Derby claims of Haza­pour when run­ning out a clear-cut win­ner of the Air­lie Stud Gallinule Stakes at the Cur­ragh.

Only fourth be­hind Der­mot Weld’s Ep­som hope in the Der­rin­stown Derby Trial, he landed this Group Three with the min­i­mum of fuss.

Michael Hal­ford’s Galileo colt could be called the win­ner some way out and the 7-2 chance beat La­trobe by two and a quar­ter lengths with Har­vest­forthe­world third.

Shane Fo­ley was on board, 24 hours on from winning the 2,000 Guineas on Ro­man­ised.

Star sprinter Bat­taash made a winning start to his four-year-old cam­paign in a close fin­ish to the Arm­strong Ag­gre­gates Tem­ple Stakes at Hay­dock.

Bat­taash (10-11 favourite) was not the best away, but made up ground with the stands rail to help, al­though he was on the op­po­site side of the course to Kachy, who set a blis­ter­ing pace on the far side ahead of Just Glam­orous.

Last year’s Ab­baye hero showed his class as he hit the front in the fi­nal fur­long un­der Dane O’Neill, but Char­lie Hills’s charge was chal­lenged late by Ai­dan O’Brien’s Wash­ing­ton DC, who snatched sec­ond spot from Kachy.

Con­nec­tions of Kachy see no rea­son why the sprinter can­not do him­self jus­tice in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal As­cot.

Tom Das­combe’s five-year-old showed trade­mark early speed in the Tem­ple Stakes at Hay­dock on Satur­day and was only beaten a neck into third place.

Kachy, who had pre­vi­ously won a sprint at Ch­ester by nine lengths, will now head to the Royal meet­ing, where he is likely to re­new ri­valry with Bat­taash.

Owner Dave Lowe tweeted: “I don’t see any rea­son why Kachy can’t be com­pet­i­tive in the Kings Stand #Roy­alAs­cot as long as he comes out of the race this week bounc­ing again we will go there!”

It’s al­most as good as winning the Gold Cup! Jes­sica Har­ring­ton af­ter her horse Al­pha Cen­tu­rai had won the Ir­ish 1,000 Guineas

PIC­TURE: PA

CLASSY FILLY: Lau­rens, rid­den by PJ McDon­ald and trained by Karl Burke claimed her sec­ond Group One vic­tory in France yes­ter­day.

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