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Trull House Stud Mares' Novices' Hurdle
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Grade 2, Cheltenham 16:50
£80,000 added,
4yo plus mares,
2m 179y, Class 1  
Thursday 15th March 2018

Laurina proves in a different league to her rivals with an effortless victory

1 Laurina 4/7F
2 Cap Soleil 10/1
3 Champayne Lady 80/1
14 ran NR: Dame De Compagnie Distances: 18l, shd, 1¾l
Time: 4m 15.40s (slow by 21.40s)

Willie Mullins' Laurina continued the Irish dominance on St Patrick's Thursday as she became the sixth Irish-trained winner from six races in the G2 Trull House Stud Mares' Novices' Hurdle.

The 4/7 favourite delivered one of the performances of this year's Festival with a facile 18-length success, maintaining Mullins' unbeaten record in the two-mile contest since its inception (Limini 2016 and Let's Dance 2017) and making Ireland's champion Jump trainer the winning-most trainer at The Festival with 61 triumphs (seven so far this year).
 
Laurina was ridden by Paul Townend, who was registering a 19.43/1 double following Penhill's victory in the G1 Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle and landing his eighth winner at The Festival overall.
 
Townend said: "She's special. You can ride Laurina as you want and she's just a lovely mare. 
 
"She has improved with every run, she has a beautiful attitude and is a really fine mare - she's hacked up.
 
"They went quick but I was always in my comfort zone. I was there an hour too soon! She took me there with so much ease.
 
"She was looking around up the straight, but she was entitled as she was doing it that easier.
 
"Let's hope we keep her in one piece, but she will be a lovely hurdler, but does have the size and scope to jump a fence.
 
"I will imagine she'll go to Punchestown now and we'll sit down and make a plan after that. I'm sure wherever she turns up next, she'll give a good account of herself.
 
"It shows how competitive the Irish racing is, I'm lucky to be a part of a real powerhouse yard and I'm grateful for the opportunities."

Trull House Stud Mares' Novices' Hurdle
(Registered as the Dawn Run Novices' Hurdle)
Grade 2, £80,000 added, 4yo+ mares, 2m 179y, Class 1  
14 ran
Going: Soft, Heavy in places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Laurina (FR) 4/7f P Townend
11-7
W P Mullins 5
2nd 18 Cap Soleil (FR) 10/1 P J Brennan
11-7
F O'Brien 5
3rd s.h Champayne Lady (IRE) 80/1 D F O'Regan
11-2
A Fleming 6
4th Maria's Benefit (IRE) 9/2 C Gethings
11-7
Stuart Edmunds 6
5th 8 Countister (FR) 16/1 B J Geraghty
11-2
N J Henderson 6
6th 8 Cut The Mustard (FR) 20/1 N D Fehily
11-2
W P Mullins 6
7th 7 Pietralunga (FR) 40/1 D J Mullins
11-2
W P Mullins 5
8th 4 Spice Girl 66/1 R Johnson
11-2
M Keighley 5
9th 7 Rouergate (FR) 100/1 Aidan Coleman
11-2
Miss V Williams 5
10th Ellie Mac (IRE) 100/1 D P Holden
11-2
H de Bromhead 5
PU Angels Antics 66/1 Sam Twiston-Davies
11-2
N A Twiston-Davies 5
PU High School Days (USA) 9/1 D N Russell
11-2
H de Bromhead 5
F Dawn Shadow (IRE) 50/1 Rachael Blackmore
11-5
Mrs D A Love 6
F Salsaretta (FR) 18/1 R M Power
11-2
W P Mullins 5
NR Dame De Compagnie (FR) Non Runner
11-2
N J Henderson 5

Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Past Results

2017-WINNER-LET’S DANCE 5-11-07 Owner-Susannah Ricci; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-11/8 Fav
2ND-Barra 6-11-02 Owner-Gigginstown House Stud; Trainer-Gordon Elliott IRE; Jockey-Bryan Cooper; SP-12/1
3RD-Dusky Legend 7-11-05 Owner-Richard & Lizzie Kelvin-Hughes; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Wayne Hutchinson; SP-20/1
16 ran, Time-4m 2.00s, Dist-2¾, nk

2016-WINNER-LIMINI 5-11-07 Owner-Susannah Ricci; Trainer-Willie Mullins IRE; Jockey-Ruby Walsh; SP-8/11 Fav
2ND-Dusky Legend 6-11-02 Owner-Richard & Lizzie Kelvin-Hughes; Trainer-Alan King; Jockey-Wayne Hutchinson; SP-50/1
3RD-Bloody Mary 5-11-07 Owner-J P McManus; Trainer-Nicky Henderson; Jockey-Barry Geraghty; SP-7/1
16 ran, Time-3m 58.00s, Dist-4½, 2½

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