Karl Burke will be grateful for the numerous Group One-winning deeds of the Laurens that is brilliant.
The filly, pride and happiness of Middleham Moor coach Burke and owner John Dance over the past three seasons, was unable to shoot her top-level tally to seven when she mustered only seventh of nine supporting resurgent old rival Billesdon Brook in lieu of her Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes name.
Burke surrendered in Saturdays aftermath that Laurens valedictory performance at Newmarket along with her previous effort to retain Leopardstowns Matron Stakes last month, another name, were affirmation that at age four she is prepared to go into the paddocks.
However, he concluded a campaign which extended Laurens Group One-winning sequence for a third successive season wasa very long way in being a disaster.
Burke pointed out Laurens achievements are notable in their own right.
There arent many colts or fillies that acquire a Group One at two, three and four – thus for her to perform this is excellent, he said.
Its been a very long way from being a disaster keeping her in practice this year.
Maybe I might have turned the screw a little harder going in the Lockinge, however she was defeated on the day fair and square.
I think the Matron and this show she has had enough.
But she has been a fantastic mare.
One of Laurens most memorable triumphs, two are cherished particularly by Burkeout wins.
He said:I think the two which stand out are winning the Prix de Diane and the Matron last year – which was great.
To visit Ireland and triumph that has been a great weekend. If you asked me for one, the Diane would probably be it – because it was my very first Classic.
Laurens closing run ended in anti-climax, but Burke can hardly have any regrets over any component of her 17-race livelihood.
It wasnt to be, however she owes nothing, he further added.
She looked fabulous again…(and) shes revealed all the appropriate signs at home.
The races also have only taken their tollfree.
I thought three (furlongs) outsidehere we go again – but as soon as (jockey) PJ (McDonald) pushed the button, he knew that he had been beaten.
Long Burke and Dance had already dispensed with a first plan to go to the Breeders Cup next month – after controversy over the security of the Santa Anita track dissuaded that the operator.
Burke stated:I always thought early in the year, and speaking to John through the winter, the Breeders Cup was on the agenda – and thats the reason why we started very late at Lockinge.
But I think the deaths in America place John off of America.
The only question was whether Laurens would bid farewell in ParisLongchamp or Newmarket.
It was constantly here or the Foret, Burke added.
To be fair to John, he had been keen on the Foret, and I know she put up a Great performance over seven at York – but for me, her very best runs are in a time, and Shes a mile-two-and-a-half Traditional winner
Laurens absence from Burkes North Yorkshire yard will be felt by all connections, of course, but none more than his daughter – that was closest to the filly throughout.
He said:My girl Lucy has played a massive part in her career – she has been from day one and has ridden her 99 percent of the moment.
She deserves a great deal of credit for her and she will be a enormous loss to her, and she will miss her more than anybody.
That is the title of the game on the Flat, and we have been fortunate enough to get a few very good ones but they do disappear pretty fast.
Her last two runs have likely told us that the time has come to finish, and shes off into the paddocks now.
I am sure would be every bit as great there as she had been around the racetrack.
Laurens profession will deliver expectations too – and Burke wont say no should Dance offers some of her progeny to him.
She is going to have a really great life, and we expect she will strain some quite excellent infants, he said.
If I will keep John pleased, hopefully he will send me !
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