La Collina was twice soundly beaten by Maybe last season, but did get the better of 2000 Guineas contender Power to land the Group one Phoenix Stakes in August and Kevin Prendergast believes that she's capable of running a big race in Sunday's QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.
Prendergast said: "I think she'll run a big race - she's a class horse.
"The favourite will be hard to beat, we know that, as she's beaten us twice already and Aidan's horses seem invincible at the moment.
"She beat Power last year and then ran OK in the Moyglare but she returned with a bit of a problem which we've rectified now.
"She should run a good race."
Lightening Pearl is unlikely to even make the journey from Ireland unless conditions dry out .
Lyons said: "The intention at this stage is for her to travel over to Newmarket tonight (Friday), but I'll speak to David Redvers (owner's racing manager) and if he tells me the ground is soft and not drying out she won't go.
"If things don't look like drying out at all, there isn't much point even setting off.
"It's unfortunate as, on ratings, she'd have a huge chance.
"She's in the French Guineas next Sunday, but obviously the ground is soft over there at the moment as well.
"The one question mark we have with her is whether she'll stay the seven furlongs to a mile.
"She has a lot of quality and cruises through her races, but we don't want to run her over a mile first time on proper soft ground and then not have an answer about whether she stays."
If Lightening Pearl does line up, Johnny Murtagh will be the man in the saddle.
He, too, has major concerns about conditions.
Murtagh said: "I'm a bit concerned about the ground for her if it comes up on the soft side as I think she's a filly who really wants it good to firm.
"She's a filly with plenty of speed and ideally you'd want faster ground for her.
"She does relax and settles well, so that will give her every chance to get the mile - if she handles the ground."