Karl Burke eyeing further distance hike for Laurens later in the year

Trainer not ruling out a crack at 12 furlongs after Longchamp effort

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Laurens could step up to a mile and a half in the second half of the season after showing she stays 10 furlongs well when getting back up to win the Prix Saint-Alary at Longchamp on Sunday.

A return to France for the Prix de Diane Longines at Chantilly on June 17 is next on the cards for the Karl Burke-trained filly, who was second in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on her seasonal debut.

Connections will contemplate giving her a break after the Diane and map out a programme for the rest of the campaign that could include the Yorkshire Oaks and possibly the Prix de l’Arc de Trimophe.

“I think it was the right call to go there rather than go to the Irish Guineas,” Burke told At The Races.

“She’s not reached home yet, but they tell me she’s 100% fine this morning and the plan is to go back down for the Prix de Diane.

“The Prix de Diane was always the target for the first half of the season as we thought she was going to stay the trip well. Whether she stays a mile and a half, on yesterday’s evidence you’d say she’d have every chance.

“Even though Siyouni (her sire) is an influence for speed, there is a lot of stamina on the dam’s side.

“Let’s get the Prix de Diane out of the way first and see what happens there.

“I had a brief chat on the way home with John (Dance, owner) and if all goes well, we could give her a break and bring her back for the Yorkshire Oaks.

“If she proves she stays the mile and a half, we can name races like the Arc at the end of the season.”

Billesdon Brook, who defeated Laurens by a length and three-quarters at Newmarket, is likely too be supplemented for the Diane, according to her trainer Richard Hannon.

“It’s probably looking like the Prix de Diane at the moment,” he told At The Races.

“She probably should get the trip. She’s not difficult, she doesn’t pull and it’s around a turning track. That’s what we’re favouring at the moment.”

On the potential re-match with Laurens, he added: “It makes it a nice race.

“Laurens is obviously a very good filly. She got the trip very well on Sunday. She didn’t look like winning, then going to the line she has has won quite well.

“I thought the second (With You) ran very well. There are some smart fillies over there and we have to supplement, which is not great.”

Karl Burke eyeing further distance hike for Laurens later in the year
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