Superstar Laurina Set For Seasonal Debut At Sandown

Willie Mullins superstar hurdler Laurina is set to make her seasonal return on Saturday in the Unibet Listed Mares Hurdle at Sandown before she sets her sights on the Grade 1 Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Laurina has not been seen yet this season and has swerved many possible races that could been key for her preparation for the big race in the Tuesday of the festival due to the lack of rain we have had.

The unbeaten mare is looking to build on what she started last year by putting in some good performances in Maiden contests at Tramore and Fairyhouse before romping home in the Mares Novice Hurdle at Cheltenham.

From this and the last time she was seen on a racecourse was in April when she went on to land the Grade 1 Mares Novice Championship Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

(Credit Racing Post) Owner Jared Sullivan said: "The plan is to run and she's on the boat. Willie [Mullins] wants to run her on soft ground so we've had to wait for it.

"It’s been murder waiting and I've got loads of them to run, but we can only go when the ground is right.

"Look, she could've run in the Coral Hurdle or the Bula or the Relkeel and I like to think she'd have won those races, but the ground wasn't right and we don't want to mess her up."

Laurina is one of the most exciting jumps racehorses in the game with her holding unlimited amounts of potential and even without seeing her this season she is the 5/1 second favourite for the Grade 1 Champion Hurdle and her owner is looking forward to seeing her perform.

(Credit Racing Post) "They think she's pretty good," Sullivan said.

"Sandown's the only real race to go for now and if she proves good enough I'd really like to go for the Champion Hurdle with her.

"Obviously she needs to step up on what she's done and prove she's as good as we think she is, but if she is that's where we'd like to go."

Laurina needs soft to heavy ground to be in her prime conditions and with the lack of rain in the UK and Ireland Mullins has had to be patient with her but with the Clerk of the course Andrew Cooper predicting the Sandown surface to be Largely soft on Saturday.

(Credit Racing Post) He said: "The bulk of the hurdles course is soft ground and it's a dead, sticky, hard-work soft rather than a wet, loose soft.

"The official description is soft, good to soft in places in the back straight and the covers are down now so the ground is standing still. That's how I expect it to be on Saturday."

There was speculation that Laurina might be joined by her other superstar stablemate in Benie Des Dieux but she will not be heading to Sandown according to Willie Mullins .

Free Bets & Offers

🚀 Bet £5 Get £20 in Free Bets!
first single & e/w bet only. odds of 1/1 or greater. 2 x £10 bet tokens. free bet stakes not included in returns. free bets are non withdrawable. no free bet expiry. eligibility restrictions. further t&cs apply. 18+. begambleaware.org
Claim Bonus
🏇Bet £10 on the first race at York, get 6 x £5 free bets to use across the card 🏇
New Customers only. Deposit and place a £10 qualifying bet on the first race at York during the Ebor Festival from Wednesday 21st August 2019 until Saturday 24th August 2019, excludes cashed out bets. £30 Free Bets split into 6 bets of £5 each, Valid on the remaining races at York the day of the qualifying bet. Free Bets expire at the start of each remaining race. Valid from 09:00BST on Tuesday 20th August until 13:50BST on Saturday 24th August 2019. Credit or Debit card only. Geographical Restrictions. T&C's apply. Please Gamble Responsibly.
Claim Bonus
⚡️Get up to £100 in Bet Credits⚡️
Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for us upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
New Customers Get A £10 Surprise Free Bet Upon Their First Bet
Customers must be over 18, have a verified kwiff account and reside in the UK. Kwiff reserves the right to withdraw this offer if, in our judgement, the offer is being abused. Not all bets will be ‘“kwiffed” (supercharged) and any odds increases are subject to the regular terms and conditions; section kwiffed bets. Surprise Bet T&Cs: A Surprise Bet is a bet that is generated and placed by our algorithm, so could be on any sport or bet type, and will appear in the ‘My Bets’ section on your app. Surprise Bet winnings are paid out in cash, including the stake, and will not be subject to any wagering requirements. If the bet is cancelled, for example if the event is no longer scheduled to be played, the customer will receive a monetary reward equivalent. If the bet is voided (“pushed”), the customer will receive a monetary reward equivalent. Kwiff reserves the right to withdraw this offer if, in our judgement, the offer is being abused. Any decision made by kwiff with regards to this offer is final.
Claim Bonus
🏆 Get a RISK FREE bet on any sports market up to £20 - money back in CASH if it loses! 🏆
New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your FIRST bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is €/£20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply. 18+|Gamble Aware.
Claim Bonus
🌟 Bet £5 & Get £40 in Free Bets 🌟
New Customers Only. Deposit via credit/debit card and bet ¤5 @ odds 2.0+ within 7 days of registering; Cashed out bets excluded. Get 2x £10 free bets, valid for set types @ odds 2.0+ & a £20 casino bonus, wagered 40x to withdraw; Bonuses expire in 7 days; Geographic restrictions apply; T&C's Apply | 18+ | begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly.
Claim Bonus
5/1 Stradivarius To Win The Lonsdale Cup (Was 2/5)
New customers only • £10 minimum deposit using promo code "BOOST" required • Qualifying bet must be placed at the normal odds • max bet £5 • Extra winnings paid in FREE BETS and added within 72 hrs of qualifying bet settlement • Free bet stakes not included in bet returns • Free bets expire 7 days after credit • This offer may not be combined with any other offer • Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time • General deposit method,withdrawal restrictions & Full T&C’s apply
Claim Bonus
FREE £20 EXCHANGE BET
New customers only, bet up to £/€20 on the Exchange and if your first bet loses, we’ll refund you £/€20 in Cash. Bet must be placed in first 7 days of account opening. T&Cs apply. Best odds on certain markets for Premier League football, cricket, tennis, golf, horse racing and Greyhounds during specified timeframes. Prices compared against leading UK bookmakers and exclude enhanced prices and specials. Verification of ‘win bigger’ at promos.betfair.com
Claim Bonus
Bet £10 & Get £30 in Free Bets! 💥
New online customers only, min £10 stake, win only, min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 3 X£10, 30 day expiry, free bet/payment method/player/country restrictions apply
Claim Bonus
⚫️ £30 Welcome Offer! ⚫️
*New UK & Ireland customers only. Min Deposit: £10. First deposit matched up to £30. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bet. Credit Card, Debit Card & PayPal deposits only. Full terms apply.
Claim Bonus
Bet £10 & get a £10 Welcome Bonus!
This offer is for new customers only and is available once per household. Max. Free Bet amount £10. The “Welcome Free Bet” may not be used in conjunction with any other bonus, promotion or offer. The “Welcome Free Bet” must be used at BetRegal.com within 14 days of being credited to your account. BetRegal.com reserves the right, at any time, to revoke any Welcome Free Bet bonus not used within the allotted time period. Full terms & Conditions apply. 18+
Claim Bonus
100% Deposit Bonus Up To £50
New customers only. Valid once per customer. Bonus expires after 30 days. Offer expires 31.08.19. 7x turnover at 1.6 minimum odds before withdrawal. Skrill deposits excluded. 18+ only. BeGambleAware.
Claim Bonus
When The Fun Stops. Stop.