We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. We also use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Punchestown website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time by amending your browser settings.   Read More...

Cookies enable us to identify your device, or you when you have logged in. We use cookies that are strictly necessary to enable you to move around the site or to provide certain basic features. We use cookies to enhance the functionality of the website by storing your preferences, for example. We also use cookies to help us to improve the performance of our website to provide you with a better user experience. We don't sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies.   Show Less...

Punchestown News

Punchestown News: Annie Power on course for Punchestown run

Posted: 12th Feb 2016

ANNIE POWER

Annie Power: pre-festival run could herald a World Hurdle tilt

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris  

Annie Power on course for Punchestown run

PUNCHESTOWN racegoers could well have the privilege of witnessing Annie Power strutting her stuff on Wednesday after trainer Willie Mullins indicated she is on target for a first run of the season.

The eight-year-old, a 4-6 shot for the OLBG Mares' Hurdle at next month's Cheltenham Festival and a general 5-1 third favourite for the World Hurdle, is one of ten entries for the 2m4f punchestown.com Mares' Hurdle.

In his exclusive Racing Post Saturday column, Mullins said: "We're pleased with the way Annie Power is progressing and she has been working well. Things are looking positive for her running on Wednesday, although we won't decide until close to declaration time on Tuesday.

"She likes Punchestown, having twice won the Grade 1 mares' hurdle at the festival meeting there."

Annie Power has not raced since landing the Punchestown event by ten lengths last May.

Annie Power

Annie Power's last flight fall at Cheltenham saved the bookies millions

  PICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)  

She has won 12 of her 14 races, suffering her only defeats at Cheltenham, where she was runner-up to More Of That in the 2014 World Hurdle and fell at the last when poised to win the Mares' Hurdle last season - a tumble that saved the bookmakers a monster payout on Mullins multiples, estimated at the time to be around £50 million.

Her owner Rich Ricci told the Racing Post last month that getting a run into Annie Power would increase the prospects of her going for the World Hurdle this time, rather than the mares' contest.

Willie Mullins offers invaluable insight into his incredible team every Saturday - exclusively in the Racing Post

Return to news listings.