Karl Burke feels a series of races on ground that is quick may have contributed to Laurens’ defeat in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday.
While frustrated Laurens could not add to her remarkable tally of six Group One cries, Burke does not think being beaten three lengths – giving the three fillies facing her 5lb was a lousy work.
“She’s only arrived back this afternoon and she is fine,” said the North Yorkshire handler.
“You’re constantly disappointed when you get beat, obviously, but she had been a long way from disgracing himself – sacrificing weight away to three three-year-old fillies – and time was nearly half a second quicker than last year’s Matron.
“I am convinced she did not quite run up for her best but there isn’t any obvious reason not, possibly several runs on fast ground has started to catch up with her today she’s a year old”
Burke will discuss owner John Dance whether to allow Laurens defend her crown in the Kingdom on October 5 or even opt to your Qatar Prix de la Foret in ParisLongchamp the day.
“They are the 2 races. I have got to talk it through with John after this week and also make the plans out there,” he explained.