Karl Burke is convinced Laurens is in peak condition for its defence of her crown in the Coolmore”Fastnet Rock” Matron Stakes.
The four-year-old was a surprise winner of the Leopardstown Group One season if she discovered that a shock defeat Jessica Harrington filly Alpha Centauri.
Twelve months , Laurens travels to Ireland before being touched off by high tech colt Shine So Bright at York in a Group Two, having maintained her victory in Deauville on her penultimate begin in the Prix Rothschild.
Burke said:”She appears in fantastic form. Before she left to catch the ferry to Ireland, she had a small breeze on Thursday morning, and I could not have been pleased with her.
“Last year she went having run a mile and a half at the Yorkshire Oaks. We thought she had been fast enough and it was proven by her on the day. We know we are fast this season.
“She has a good draw. It will be intriguing to see how Aidan O’Brien’s four horses are ridden, but we do our thing and concentrate on ourselves, rather than worry about what anyone else is doing.
“She’s in amazing shape, and if she generates her A-game she is the one they all have to beat.”
English and Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Hermosa heads the O’Brien quartet.
However, she lines up with a point to prove after tracking house of nine runners at the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood a month.
“Goodwood was a bit of a funny race – Frankie (Dettori) was riding an mile-and-a-half horse (Mehdaayih), and they went quick,” said O’Brien.
“It does not mean we won’t return to a mile and a quarter at some point, but we will go back to a mile at Leopardstown.
“We probably didn’t learn a lot at Goodwood, together with the pace and the monitor. It was a bit of a non-event really.”
Hermosa is connected Happen, by companions that I Can Fly and Only Wonderful.
Another horse arriving back in trip is the Joseph O’Brien-trained Iridessa.
Ruler’s daughter was an impressive winner of the Pretty Polly Stakes over a mile and a quarter in June, but not threatened to throw a setback over a mile and a half in the Yorkshire Oaks the month.
“She seems in good shape. It’s a really good race, but we are hoping to get a fantastic run,” said the coach.
The seven-strong area is completed by the Skitter Scatter of John Oxx.
A top-class juvenile for Patrick Prendergast final season, the Scat Daddy filly defeated in the 1000 Guineas but was found to be suffering from a muscular injury.
She made her come back at Tipperary from a nearby lack at the Group Three Fairy Bridge Stakes and shaped with much more reinforcement – moving down by half a period to Joseph O’Brien’s Waitingfortheday.
“We were content with her going in the Guineas, but she took a terrible step during the race and also had a tear at a hamstring,” said Oxx.
“It’s made the entire year hard for her. She needed to walk for seven weeks afterwards and did not do her first trot before Royal Ascot’s Saturday.
“We’re planning to the Matron all along. But she needed a prep race, and we had time to get her ready to your Fairy Bridge.
“We were happy to receive her there. She had a good run for the six months before that and was fit enough for a race, but she was not clearly at peak fitness.”

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