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Battle of the sexes: ace filly Laurens set to take on colts in QEII Stakes

Five-time Group 1 winner and fan favourite Laurens is likely to be supplemented for the QEII Stakes on Saturday week according to her trainer Karl Burke. 

The filly, who could be reunited with PJ McDonald, has won Group 1 prizes under Danny Tudhope on her last two starts, beating Alpha Centauri in Leopardstown's Matron Stakes before denying Happily in the Sun Chariot at Newmarket last weekend.

"After much discussion, the plan is to supplement Laurens for the QEII at Ascot where she will be taking on the colts for the first time," said Burke. 

"She's only lost 4kg since winning at Newmarket whereas she lost more after Leopardstown, so Ascot seems a good fit."

"After that she could still go to the Breeders' Cup depending on how she comes out of the race and beyond that we have just received an invite to go to Hong Kong in December."

On the jockey situation, Burke said: "Danny has done a great job while PJ has been sidelined, but the plan would be for PJ to come back next Thursday and Friday to get in shape for Ascot. I'm sure he'll have plenty of incentive."

Paddy Power introduced Laurens to the market at 9-2, with Prix du Moulin winner Recoletos favourite at 3-1.

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