Winner last year at the age of 3 of the Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary (Gr1), Prix de Diane Longines (Gr1), Matron Stakes (Gr1) in Ireland and Sun Chariot Stakes (Gr1) in England, over 1m to 10 1/2 furlongs, Laurens (Siyouni) scored a sixth Group 1 on Sunday, at Deauville over the Prix Rothschild (Gr1) mile.
The John Dance-owned star mare, bred in France by Melchior-François Mathet, let the centre field, as usual, and she was cruising with ease despite fast fractions, which explains that she closed the last two furlongs in 12”44 and 13”49 … The defending champion With You (Dansili) seemed to end very strong with blinkers on to fail by only half a length. The French Obligate (Frankel), undefeated in three races including the Prix de Sandringham (Gr3), finished in third place more than a length behind the first two and after galloping in the “wrong” filed of three horses on the stands’ side.
Laurens was bought £ 220,000 yearling at Goffs in England. She is the last foal out ofRecambe (Cape Cross), winner at 3 in Clairefontaine and Compiegne.