Laurina had little more than a workout as she duly disposed of her solitary rival to enhance her Cheltenham claims in the Unibet Mares' Hurdle at Sandown.

All eyes were on the Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old, who was making her first appearance since landing a Grade One event at Fairyhouse in April, which came after success in the mares' novice hurdle at Cheltenham Festival.

Ruby Walsh sent Laurina to the front from the start and the six-year-old won as a 1-8 shot should without being extended, as she took her 100 per cent record over hurdles to five from five.

The race was reduced to a match after both Got Away and Smaoineamh Alainn were late withdrawals - and it turned it a one-horse a race at the business end.

Sensulano kept tabs on the hot favourite until the final two flights, from where she was put in her place and eventually beaten some 48 lengths.

Laurina remained unchanged at 9-2 for the Champion Hurdle with Betfair and 4-1 with Paddy Power. RaceBets went 100-30 from 5-1, with Buveur D'Air the 5-4 favourite (from 11-10). 

Owner Terry Warner is dreaming of more success at the Cheltenham Festival in March after Elixir De Nutz claimed the Unibet Tolworth Hurdle.

Having seen his yellow and black silks carried to glory at the blue riband meeting by the likes of Rooster Booster and Detroit City in years gone by, Warner hopes the Colin Tizzard-trained five-year-old can achieve something similar.

Sent off at 3-1, the grey held on by half a length from Grand Sancy in the Grade One prize, and was cut from 16-1 into 12-1 for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle by race sponsors Sky Bet.

Warner said: "He will be better on better ground, but judging by that he seems to go on any ground. He just keeps improving. The form of his last Cheltenham win has been franked with Jarveys Plate winning on New Year's Day.

"He jumps so well and is quick through the air. He will have a break now and he will not run again before Cheltenham. He is a very exciting horse to own."

Houblon Des Obeaux justified strong market support to run an easy winner of the £100,000 Unibet Veterans' Handicap Chase Final.

The 12-year-old was as big as 20-1 in the morning and was backed down to 7-1 at the off.

The gamble was justified as the Venetia Williams-trained gelding stamped his authority on the competitive three-mile contest.

Loose Chips took the field along until the 17 runners went out on their final circuit, where Charlie Deutsch made his move on Houblon Des Obeaux.

Taking a clear lead from the sixth-last fence, Houblon Des Obeaux had the opposition at full stretch with only last year's winner Buywise looking a threat.

He unfortunately came down at the last, leaving the leader to go and score by 15 lengths from Theatre Guide.

On Tour was four and a half lengths away third with another length back to Rock Gone in fourth.