Burke’s stellar season continues

Laurens just lasts home in Fillies’ Mile

Karl Burke’s season seems to get better with every week and the trainer notched another significant success as Laurens captured the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket, just lasting home from September in a pulsating finish.

Laurens (right) edges out September in the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket

Laurens, adding to her game triumph in the Group 2 May Hill Stakes at Doncaster last month, was never far from the pace and kicked for home with a furlong to run under PJ McDonald, himself enjoying a terrific season. The Aidan O’Brien-trained September and Seamie Heffernan threw down a huge challenge but failed by a nose to catch the gutsy Laurens, with Magic Lily three-quarters of a length away in third.

It’s the two-year-olds that have led the way this year for the Burke stable, with Unfortunately winning the Group 1 Prix Morny and Group 2 Prix Robert Pappin in France, Havana Grey landing the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and Ellthea taking the Group 3 Weld Stakes in Ireland.

The season could get ever better for the handler with top sprinting filly Quiet Reflection set to contest the Group 1 Sprint on British Champions Day at Ascot on October 21.

Paul Jacobs’ Limato bounced back to form in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes earlier on the card, recording a comfortable success under Harry Bentley for Henry Candy, while Altyn Orda broke her maiden tag in style, causing a 25-1 shock in the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes for Andrea Atzeni and trainer Roger Varian.

Declan Carroll, who sadly lost promising juvenile Santry earlier this year, has an exciting two-year-old on his hands in the shape of Abel Handy, impressive winner of the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes.

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