Willie Mullins is considering letting Champion Hurdle contender Laurina make her belated reappearance in the Unibet Mares’ Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday.
The five-year-old won each of her four starts after arriving in Ireland last season, including a stunning victory in the Trull House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
She has missed several engagements this term on account of unsuitable ground, the latest being the Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day.
However, Mullins revealed at Punchestown on Monday that she could cross the Irish Sea later this week for her eagerly-awaited competitive return.
“She is entered in Sandown and it’s a good possibility that she’ll go there,” said Mullins.
Another high-class Mullins mare who has not yet made it to the racecourse this season is Benie Des Dieux.
She also won at Cheltenham, in the Mares’ Hurdle, and also had the option of running in the Relkeel Hurdle.
Mullins added: “I don’t know what I’m going to do with her, just wait.
“There is no rain forecast for 10 days here. I’m happy that they’re sound and they’re well.
“I’m happy enough that I’ve sound horses at home and when the rain comes, it comes.
“After the rain we had last year I’m never going to give out about rain again!”