b f Kingman - Promising Lead (Danehill)
John & Thady Gosden
Laurel was unraced at two but won on her three-year-old debut at Newmarket in July 2022. She quickened clear in really good style after squeezing through on the rail in what was a very encouraging performance.
Her next outing in a fillies' novice stakes at Kempton saw her produce an impressive display, surging to take the lead a furlong out, quickening clear to reach the line with a two furlong margin. The performance earned her a TDN 'Rising Star' tag.
Less than a fortnight later she was supplemented for the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket. Despite a big leap in class, she acquitted herself well, accelerating into the lead after the two furlong marker, but she was unable to deny her more experienced rival Fonteyn, who won by three quarters of a length.
Laurel is out of Gr.1 Pretty Polly Stakes winner Promising Lead and is a half-sister to five winners but is the first Group performer for her dam.