Runner Up In The English 1,000 Guineas Wins In France
Laurens was made to work hard for the second Group One win of her career in The Gurkha Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary at Paris Longchamp.
Sent off 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.
Trainer Karl Burke said: “We’re delighted her head crossed the line first.
“The original plan was to go for the Irish Guineas, but we didn’t want to take a chance getting her beaten on fast ground again and now she’s a Group One winner at two and three which is very important.”
Roger Charlton’s Almodovar ran a fine race to take second behind Recoletos in the Churchill Coolmore Prix d’Ispahan.
Recoletos had finished fourth to Cracksman at Ascot on Champions Day and was an impressive winner of a Group Two on his return, but this was his first victory at the highest level.
Vazirabad was a cosy winner of the Group Two Prix Vicomtesse Vigier for the third year in a row.
Hughie Morrison’s Marmelo, having his first outing since finishing ninth in the Melbourne Cup, closed to within about half a length at the line, but the result was never in doubt with Alain de Royer-Dupre’s charge easing home.
Full Finishing List With Trainer & Jockey:
1st Laurens ( K. Burke, P. McDonald), 2nd With You (F. Head, A. Lemaitre), 3rd Soustraction (C. Laffon-Parias, M. Guyon), 4th Flowrider (A. Fabre, M. Barzalona), 5th Tosen Gift (S. Kobayashi, F. Veron)