X
Follow Jumps Racing on Facebook
Cheltenham Festival

"Laurina Will Win The Champion Hurdle At A Canter" - Racing Fans Split As Cheltenham Festival Contender Cruises To Punchestown Win

Wednesday 20th February 2019
Laurina Cruised To Victory In The Quevega Mares Hurdle At Punchestown
Laurina Cruised To Victory In The Quevega Mares Hurdle At Punchestown

Few races can match the Champion Hurdle for Cheltenham betting and with the big race less than three weeks away, the anticipation is starting to build.

Buveur D'air and Apple's Jade have been the talking horses in the last two weeks but today was the chance for Laurina to stake her claims for the day one feature. The unexposed Willie Mullins trained hurdler picked up yet another facile success as she cruised to vicgtory in the Quevega Mares Hurdle at Punchestown and the debate about her Festival chances is once again alive.

Connections have long suggested that the Champion Hurdle is the main target for Laurina but with the mares hurdle still an option it remains to be seen where she will end up at Prestbury Park next month.

The Champion Hurdle does seem the more likely target given that Benie Des Dieux is the defending champion for the stable in the mares hurdle but if she does go to the feature contest it is clear that opinion is going to be divided.

The easy win at Punchestown was clearly enough for some to anoint Laurina as the new queen of the sport...

Laurina will win the champion hurdle at a canter. - (@jrobertsonnnnn)

Laurina.. effortless. Jumps, travels, picks up... champion hurdle winner?? - (@highcahill7)

Laurina is some some girl!!  - (@dherry21)

The 6-year-old scorched to victory in the mares novices hurdle at Cheltenham last season but she remains untried at the very highest level against the boys and some believe that she is far too short in the betting for the Champion Hurdle..

She may well win it - I have my doubts - but Laurina has to be one of the most ridiculously priced horses for the Cheltenham Festival this year - (@mp_horseracing)

No way Laurina troubles Buveur or Apple jumping like that. Place lay all day if she still goes CH - (@SamPomps)

Laurina's good but she's no 2 miler and still think Benie beats her in the mares, difficult horse to place now IMO - (@Callum7946)

The build up to Cheltenham is always full of hype and excitement and no horse is dividing opinion like Laurina after her latest victory...Champion Hurdle hero or untried and too short in the betting?

Cheltenham Races
Latest Cheltenham Festival Articles
x
Bet £10 Get £30 in Free Bets
Exclusive Promo Code
P30
JOIN NOW
New customers using Promo Code P30 only, min £10/€10 stake, min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 2 x £15/€15 (30 days expiry), free bet/payment method/player/country restrictions apply. T&C's apply, 18+ begambleaware.org
x
Up to £100 in bet credits
Exclusive Promo Code
100BET365
JOIN NOW
Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5 and 1x settled bet requirement to release Bet Credits. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&C's apply, 18+ begambleaware.org.
x
Bet £10 Get £30
Exclusive Promo Code
30f
JOIN NOW
New customers only – Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30F - A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market - Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) - Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days - Free bet stakes not included in returns - Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. General deposit method & withdrawal restrictions apply & full T&Cs apply.
x
Horse Racing £20 FREE 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. T&C’s Apply. 18+|Gamble Aware.
BET HERE