Karl Burke sets Laurens Prix Saint-Alary poser

North Yorkshire handler has high hopes for 1000 Guineas runner-up in ParisLongchamp Group One

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Karl Burke sees the Gurkha Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary as “a good opportunity” to make Laurens a dual Group One winner when she runs at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.

The high-class three-year-old won the Fillies’ Mile last season and made her seasonal reappearance in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

And while she had no answer to the impressive winner Billesdon Brook, she lost little in defeat in finishing second.

Burke and owner John Dance have always stressed Laurens would not reach her full potential until she stepped up in trip, and though the Irish 1,000 Guineas was in the melting pot, the small field in France and the opportunity to run over 10 furlongs has proved a big lure.

The Prix de Diane on June 17 will be a big aim if the daughter of Siyouni is successful.

Burke said: “We were beaten by a better filly on the day in the Guineas, no excuses at all.

“We have always felt she would improve for a step up to this kind of distance.

“Whether travelling to France this close to the Prix de Diane, which is her main target, is ideal, I don’t know, but this looks a good opportunity.”

Flowrider, With You, Soustraction and Tosen Gift complete the field.

Karl Burke sets Laurens Prix Saint-Alary poser
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