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Laurina makes winning return for Willie Mullins to take two-horse race by 48 lengths at Sandown

Ruby Walsh guided the six-year-old to a comfortable victory over Sensulano after there were late withdrawals in the Unibet Mares’ Hurdle.

Ruby Walsh on board Laurina at Sandown.
Ruby Walsh on board Laurina at Sandown.
Image: Julian Herbert

LAURINA STORMED TO victory for Willie Mullins in the Unibet Mares’ Hurdle at Sandown in what was her first appearance of the season.

The six-year-old landed a Grade One event at Fairyhouse last April after previously winning the mares’ novice hurdle at Cheltenham Festival. 

This victory will enhance her claims for the Champion Hurdle as she takes her 100% record over hurdles to five from five.

With Ruby Walsh on board, Laurina led from the start after the race was reduced to a match against Sensulano when both Got Away and Smaoineamh Alainn emerged as late withdrawals. 

Sensulano kept in touch with her until the final two flights before Laurina raced into an insurmountable lead and went on to win by 48 lengths.

Meanwhile, the Colin Tizzard-trained Elixir De Nutz claimed the Unibet Tolworth Hurdle for owner Terry Warner at Sandown.

In what was a thrilling finish, five-year-old came in just half a length ahead of Grand Sancy in the Grade One prize with Southfield Stone coming home in third place.

Speaking to Racing TV after the race, Tizzard said that Elixir De Nutz is unlikely to race again until Cheltenham.

“I wouldn’t think there’s any chance of him running between now and Cheltenham. He’s had a tough old race today, he’s had four runs already this season so it’d be nice to save him for the three festivals later on.”

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