Laurina To Miss Coral Hurdle Due To Ground

Laurina To Miss Coral Hurdle Because Of Ground

The Willie Mullins-trained Laurina will miss the Coral Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday, due to fears over the drying conditions.

Laurina was already a strong favourite for the Grade 2 at the Berkshire venue, but will find an alternative - potentially the Hatton Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse next Sunday, in the coming weeks to make her seasonal reappearance

(Credit: Racing Post) Mullins said: "We've decided not to send Laurina to Ascot because of the dry forecast. She's a big mare and with the ground likely to dry out we think it best to wait a bit longer before giving her her first run of the season."

Laurina was unbeaten in four starts over hurdles last season since joining the Irish Champion Trainer, including her emphatic 18-length demolition display in the Mares Novice at the Cheltenham Festival.

The 5yo followed this up with victory in the Irish equivalent, and her progress this season will decide whether she heads to the Champion Hurdle or the Mares' Hurdle on the Tuesday of the Festival next March.

The Nicky Henderson-trained We Have A Dream has now been left to head the market around the 5/4 mark, with the ground being confirmed as good, good to soft in places on Friday morning.