Karl Burke is convinced Laurens are the”one to beat” if she goes to get a repeat victory in the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday week.
Though the filly has just won one of her four races this year, the John Dance-owned four-year-old failed add in the Prix Rothschild for her Group One tally at Deauville.
Time she out was just denied over seven furlongs at York and despite defeat Burke believes she is quicker this particular term.
“This time she arrived to Leopardstown after running over a mile and a half in York and she was a 10-1 shot at This year she is the one to beat if she moves there in her usual type,” explained Burke.
“We dropped her back to seven furlongs time to check her pace with a view to conducting in the Prix de la Foret around Arc weekend, however, Leopardstown has always been the big goal for the second half of her year.
“She’s a bigger, stronger mare this year and in my view, she has become that bit quicker.
“She’s been an wonderful mare for us all, our first traditional winner, and with the welcome we have in Ireland last yearwe always wanted to return.”
Burke is very likely to have two additional runners on Irish Champions Weekend.
He told irishchampionsweekend.ie:”Kelly’s Dino is most very likely to choose Kilternan Stakes. He also came out of this Ebor. Raydiance (Irish Stallion Farms EBF”Sovereign Path” Handicap) is also on the ticket,”
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