Karl Burke feels a series of races on quick ground may have contributed to Laurens’ defeat at the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.
While disappointed Laurens could not add to her tally of six Group One victories, Burke does not think being beaten three lengths into place – giving 5lb to the three fillies before her was a bad effort.
“She has just arrived back this morning and she is fine,” said the North Yorkshire handler.
“You’re always disappointed if you get beat, obviously, but she had been a long way from disgracing herself – committing away weight to three three-year-old fillies – and the time was nearly half a second faster than last year’s Matron.
“I’m convinced she did not quite run up to her best but there is no obvious reason not, possibly many runs on quick ground has started to catch up with her now she’s a year old”
Burke will talk if to let Laurens defend her crown in the Kingdom or go for the Qatar Prix de la Foret the day.
“They are the 2 races. I’ve got to speak it through with John later this week and also create the plans out there,” he said.
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