Laurens

Plans for Laurens still include a trip to Deauville, for the Group One Prix Rothschild, should she recover from a setback in time.

The daughter of Siyouni is a five-time Group One winner and landed the Prix de Diane and Prix Saint-Alary in France last year.

After running second to Mustashry in the Lockinge Stakes, she was sixth in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

While being prepared for the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes, a problem was picked up which means she misses Friday’s race.

However, speaking at a stable visit on Wednesday to promote the Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival, Burke issued an upbeat report.

“She obviously had a little setback, which was very frustrating – especially looking at what has ended up in the Falmouth,” said the Middleham trainer.

“It was just a tiny sprain on a hind leg below the hock. It’s very minor, and she actually cantered sound, but an hour later when she cooled off she was just a little bit off. She owes us nothing, and we can’t take any chances with her.

“She’s just been doing lots of walking exercise, but she’ll be ridden out on Thursday – and hopefully we’ll be able to build her back up for the Prix Rothschild in just over two weeks.”

Burke feels that the underlying issue may have affected Laurens before her Ascot run.

He stated: “She just had one or two bits and pieces going into Ascot – nothing major and nothing that really concerned us, but in hindsight maybe one of those things caused her to put more pressure than she should have done on her hind leg, and maybe it caused that little niggle.

“At the start of the year we said if she wins one more Group One it would be a huge for her CV – to win Group Ones at two, three and four. We’ve still got four or five chances to do that, and I see no reason to change the plans with her.”

Looking further ahead, Burke said:

“There’s the Prix Jean Romanet over a mile and a quarter, but I would doubt we’ll go down that route

“I would say it will be the Rothschild, and then probably wait for the Matron. We’re very keen to go back and defend our crown at Leopardstown.

“After that it’s the Sun Chariot and then it would be the Breeders’ Cup – which would be her swansong.”

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