Annie Power: is set to have a bone scan next weekPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Annie Power in race to
be fit for Cheltenham
BRILLIANT mare Annie Power faces a race to be fit for the Cheltenham Festival in March.
The six-year-old, who was ruled out of Sunday's Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace through lameness, is set to have a bone scan at Troytown Equine Hospital in Kildare this week.
She was found to be injured late on Friday morning and connections have spent the weekend investigating the cause of her lameness.
Trainer Willie Mullins said on Sunday that they have narrowed it down to a specific point on a hind leg and that he is anticipating a near three-month break for the Cheltenham Festival favourite.
He said: "The problem seems to be above the hock. She'll have a bone scan in Troytown next week and that will tell us a good bit more. I'd imagine that we'll be told that she needs ten weeks box rest, but we'll wait and see."
Annie Power is no bigger than even-money favourite with Ladbrokes and BetVictor for next year's OLBG Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham but, if she was to stand in on box rest for ten weeks, her participation may be in doubt as Mullins would only have four weeks to build her fitness back up before the race on March 10.
She is also a best-price 10-1 for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, in which she finished second to More Of That this year.