Laurens on course for Yorkshire Oaks test

Laurens is back in full training after a well-earned break and on course for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York.

Trainer Karl Burke gave the Classic-winning filly three weeks off after her success in the French Oaks, otherwise known as the Prix de Diane, and is bringing her back for the Group One over a mile and a half on August 23 when she would take on older fillies.

Burke is keen to ensure Laurens is still at the top of her game when the autumn comes around, with a tilt at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe having been mooted, and he feels a mid-season break will be beneficial in that regard.

“I watched her canter this morning (Monday). She’s moving brilliant and she looks fantastic,” said Burke.

“She had a good, easy three weeks after the Prix de Diane. She put on 22 kilos during that time, but you wouldn’t know looking at her. She’s got such a big frame.

“She’s back in her full routine now and hopefully heading to the Yorkshire Oaks.”

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