Darley Yorkshire Oaks
Group 1, York 15:35
£350,000 added,
3yo plus,
1m 3f 188y, Class 1   
Thursday 23rd August 2018

Having rounded off her juvenile campaign with a Group One triumph in the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket, Karl Burke’s Laurens has continued in the same vein this season, finishing second in the 1000 Guineas before landing the Prix Saint-Alary and the Prix de Diane.

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Burke is keen to ensure Laurens is still at the top of her game when the autumn comes around, with a tilt at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe having been mooted, and he feels a mid-season break will be beneficial in that regard.

“She has come out the race really well and there have been no issues,” said the North Yorkshire handler.

“She will have a nice easy two or three weeks. We are not going to go for the Irish Oaks. We will miss that and hopefully go for the Yorkshire Oaks. If we try take in the Irish Oaks as well it will not give her a break before an autumn campaign so it makes sense to do that.

“We certainly hope we will go back to France for the Arc. The Yorkshire Oaks will tell us a lot more when we step up in trip again.

“If there is any reason she doesn’t stay the mile and a half we have got the Prix de l’Opera to consider. We’ve also been very kindly given an invite to a very valuable filly and mares race in Japan in November and of course there is also the Breeders’ Cup, so there’s plenty to think about.

“The main thing is she’s healthy and well and as tough as she is, she is good as well. She has lots of ability.

“Everyone says she keeps having hard races. I think she is only doing what she has to do and I think that is why she keeps backing up in these races. Long may it continue.”

Darley Yorkshire Oaks 2017 (Fillies' Group 1)
(British Champions Series)
£350,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m 3f 188y, Class 1
6 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Good in places

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (1) Enable 1/4f L Dettori
J H M Gosden 3
2nd (6) 5 Coronet 16/1 O Peslier
J H M Gosden 3
3rd (2) ¾ Queen's Trust 12/1 Jim Crowley
Sir Michael Stoute 4
4th (4) hd Nezwaah 7/1 Andrea Atzeni
R Varian 4
5th (5) 9 Alluringly (USA) 16/1 R L Moore
A P O'Brien 3
6th (3) 13 Abingdon (USA) 33/1 R Kingscote
Sir Michael Stoute 4