LAURENTIA sprang a 20/1 surprise last night at Chelmsford under George Downing for her second victory in her last three starts, both coming on the all-weather.
The filly likes a good pace to aim at which she got in this mile handicap and George settled towards the back of midfield during the early stages. Switched right and wide into the straight, she was ridden over a furlong from home, challenged for second place inside the final furlong and led half a furlong from home, running on. At the line, she was one and a quarter lengths up on the runner-up and joint-favourite, Amor Fati.
She broke her duck two starts back on Lingfield’s all-weather in an ordinary looking Classified Stakes over a mile by one and three quarter lengths and was raised what looked at the time a rather harsh 9lbs. Next time out at Yarmouth the filly ran no sort of race but the soft ground probably didn’t help and she seemed much more suited back on the all-weather.
The daughter of Iffraaj only cost owners, Doolan, Edwards and Hayes 8,000 guineas at the Newmarket Sales in February of last year, considerably less than the 95,000 guineas, she cost as a yearling, so this is beginning to look like money well spent by her current owners! They were also rather delighted with the 20/1 starting price!
The filly will go up undoubtedly go up in the handicap but she won nicely. She has only had 12 starts in her career and her recent profile with two wins and two places from her last seven races shows that she’s in good form and progressive. She certainly seems to appreciate an artificial surface with all her form coming on four different all-weather tracks. Hopefully there is more to come this autumn!