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Laurens is poised to take Yorkshire Oaks laurels


By Anita Chambers

Laurens can register a memorable victory for Karl Burke in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks, the feature event on day two of the Ebor meeting at York.

Burke trains in Middleham, so it would be a notable success for the Yorkshire faithful if Laurens can add a fourth Group One to her CV on the Knavesmire.

She should have every chance, too, after hard-fought victories in the Prix Saint-Alary and French Oaks on her last couple of starts.

Laurens triumphed by a short head over subsequent Group One winner With You on the first occasion, while she outbattled Musis Amica to win the French Classic back in June.

Both those victories came over 10 furlongs and she will be stepping up to a mile and a half here, but her pedigree has plenty of stamina in it, and the way she finishes races suggests the extra distance should be up her street.

Her French Oaks win was all the more meritorious given she had made the trip to France just a couple of weeks previously and, having had a nice break since, Laurens should be refreshed for what could be her toughest assignment yet, with Sea Of Class and Forever Together promising stiff opposition.

Fairyland is the pick in the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes.

Aidan O'Brien's filly looked every inch a top-class prospect after winning her first two starts, before finishing third in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The daughter of Kodiac makes her first appearance since in this six-furlong Group Two and her form looks rock-solid.

Sun Maiden did not look at her best at Goodwood earlier this month, but can redeem herself in the British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes.


CHEPSTOW: 1.45 Bond Angel, 2.15 Just Sherry, 2.50 The Groove, 3.25 K Club, 4.00 David's Beauty, 4.30 Contented, 5.05 Al Kherb.

FONTWELL: 4.40 Mr Fickle, 5.15 Walden Prince, 5.50 Robin Des Mana, 6.20 Holryale, 6.50 Between The Waters, 7.20 Jalingo, 7.50 Longhouse Sale.

KILLARNEY: 4.25 Cardini, 5.00 Aibell, 5.30 Emperor Waltz, 6.00 Rockabill, 6.30 Wicklow Brave, 7.00 Das Mooser, 7.30 Port Rashid, 8.00 Kamil.

STRATFORD: 1.30 Hermanus, 2.05 Golden Birthday, 2.35 Take Em Out, 3.10 Aunty Ann, 3.45 Tara Mac, 4.20 Ataman, 4.55 Canford Thompson, 5.25 Laughing Luis.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.10 Navarra Princess, 5.40 Pea Shooter, 6.10 Grenadier, 6.40 Percy Prosecco, 7.10 River Cafe, 7.40 Whatwouldyouknow, 8.10 Scottish Jig, 8.40 Rawdaa.

YORK: 1.55 Fairyland, 2.25 Concierge, 3.00 Get Knotted, 3.35 LAURENS (NAP), 4.15 Sun Maiden, 4.50 Move Swiftly.

DOUBLE: Laurens and Fairyland.

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