The first horse we need to talk about from the weekends racing is the super-mare Laurina for trainer Willie Mullins who made her debut over fences in complete style.
The six year old is already well known for what she has previously done in her career having only been beaten once since making her rules debut and that came when giving a disappointing performance in last seasons Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival.
That was the final time she was seen on a racecourse before last weekend but in her previous six outings she was immaculate landing contests like the Grade Two Mares Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival and the similar Grade One race at Fairyhouse.
Now stepping up to the bigger obstacles there was plenty of apprehension about this horse and she took to fences superbly seeing off last seasons Grade One Albert Bartlett winner Minella Indo with ease.
It was a very taking performance at Gowran Park and it saw her odds for the Arkle Chase at the festival slashed from 8/1 into 4/1 with most firms.