LAURENS is out to further enhance her growing reputation with a shot at the QEII looking likely for the star filly.
The five-time Group 1 winner will need to be supplemented for the race over a mile on QIPCO Champions Day but Karl Burke is leaning towards the target, with owner John Dance keen to run.
She powered to her fourth top level success of the season in Saturday’s Sun Chariot at Newmarket and has come out of the race fighting fit.
The daughter of Siyouni holds an entry in the QIPCO Champions Stakes on October 20 but a tilt at the QEII is now on the agenda.
Trainer Karl Burke said: “We’re delighted with her. She only lost four kilos on the whole trip and she looks in great shape.
“She’s got a great constitution, and I think she’s come out of Saturday better than she came out of the Matron.
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“We’re definitely planning to run her again this year. I’ve spoken to John (Dance, owner), and at the moment we’re leaning towards Ascot.
“She’s in the Champion Stakes – but it’s more likely we’ll supplement for the QEII, especially if the ground is on the easy side.”
Although Champions Day has emerged as the likely next port of call for Laurens, Burke is not ruling out the possibility of sending his filly across the Atlantic for next month’s Breeders’ Cup.
He added: “It’s definitely not impossible she could do both. Nothing is set in stone, but we’ll aim for Ascot and take it from there.
“If by the time Ascot comes around we felt she needed a bit more time, we could always wait and go straight to the Breeders’ Cup, but we’ll see.
“She has the option of the Mile (at the Breeders’ Cup) and the one-mile-three-furlong race for fillies only (Breeders’ Cup Filly And Mare Turf).”
One Burke inmate who is bound for the Breeders’ Cup is his Group One-winning sprinter Havana Grey.
The Flying Five hero was not beaten far into eighth place in Sunday’s Prix de l’Abbaye at ParisLongchamp and is set for one final career outing at Churchill Downs before being retired to stud.
Burke said: “He has come out of the race fine, and all being well he’ll go for the race over five and a half furlongs (Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint).
“That will probably be his finale.”