paddypower-630x504Ruby Walsh has put star mare Laurina on par with Annie Power. And with the Cheltenham festival just only nine weeks away, the Paddy Power Racing Ambassador isn’t concerned whether the unbeaten six-year-old has another run before lining up in the Champion Hurdle on March 12th.

History Repeating?

Quevega got beaten in Auteuil as a novice in a race when Hurricane Fly was second, which is pretty good form. Annie Power was unbeaten as a novice too, so she was in a similar sort of position to Laurina. She has answered every question she’s been asked so far,” Ruby told Paddy Power News (

“She did what you’d hoping she would do on Saturday at Sandown, and if anything, she wouldn’t let me slow her down. All we can do is win the race in front of us and it’s onwards and upwards from here with her,” he added.

Ruby Onboard?

Asked whether he would ride Laurina in the Champion Hurdle on March 12th, Ruby said: “Whatever we have for the Champion Hurdle, she is the most unexposed. Sharjah has improved out of all recognition and I’m sure Melon will run in the Irish Champion Hurdle.

“We have to see what gets there first and then I can worry about that on the Sunday before Cheltenham. If all three horses got there, she would be a tough one to get off. And if she had to go straight to Cheltenham without another run, it wouldn’t bother me.”

Tornado Not A Flyer...

He also had this to say about Tornado Flyer’s disappointing run in Sunday’s Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle. “He went to post 100% and was quite alive and well in himself. He jumped the first hurdle well but by the time he got to the second hurdle, he backed completely off and jumped way up into the air. He just never seemed to want to jump or gallop after that…

I thought there was something amiss. I can’t explain what happened to him and I suppose if he finished second, you’d know how good you are. When you ran like he ran, you can just put a line through it and move onto the next day. If he was fit and well at home, you’d have no issue in going straight to Cheltenham without another run as we know he has the ability. With nine weeks to go until Cheltenham though, you’d definitely be hoping that he’d run once more anyway.”

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