The daughter of Spanish Moon went unbeaten in her first six outings for Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins – a run which include an 18-length demolition job in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.
Her winning streak came to an end when fourth in the following year’s Champion Hurdle and while she made a successful chasing bow at Gowran Park 12 months ago, she was pulled up on her next two starts, and could finish only third on her return to hurdles in February.
Hugely talented on her day...happy retirement, Laurina! 👏— Racing TV (@RacingTV) November 24, 2020
🏇 14 races
🥇 7 wins
🏆 Grade One scorer
🏆 Cheltenham Festival heroine
💷 Over £200,000 in prize money
⭐️ A star talent@PFNicholls @WillieMullinsNH pic.twitter.com/cRZvuC59IY
Laurina was the 11-8 favourite to bounce back on her debut for Nicholls in the Coral Hurdle, but finished last of the three runners, after which it emerged that, not for the first time, she had broken blood vessels.
The Ditcheat handler took to Twitter on Tuesday to confirm her racing days were over, posting: “After discussions over the weekend it has been decided that after she bled again on Saturday, to retire wonderful racemare Laurina.
“Her next appearance will be at the Tattersalls Ireland breeding sale on December 14.”
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