Annie Power and Ruby Walsh on their way to Mares Champion Hurdle gloryPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Mares' champ Annie Power makes no mistake
Report: Punchestown, Saturday
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Champion Hurdle (Grade 1), 2m2f, 4yo+
ANNIE POWER, jump racing's new queen following Quevega's retirement, rounded off a profitable season when landing the Mares Champion Hurdle at odds of 1-6.
Dropping back to a trip of 2m2f following her second to More Of That in the World Hurdle, Ruby Walsh ensured there was no hanging about by making the running at a sound clip.
The six-year-old had her four rivals in trouble entering the home straight and Walsh was able to stride clear for an easy success.
Owner Rich Ricci said: "She's a great, great mare and it's a privilege to own her. I think she can go over any distance. She stayed the trip at Cheltenham, she was just beaten by a good horse.
"This is her first race on Irish soil this season and it's nice to finish off the year with a win at home."
Also on Saturday:
Ruby Walsh bags his second Grade 1 of the day on AbbyssialPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m, 4yo
ABBYSSIAL ran out an impressive winner to notch a sixth Grade 1 win of the festival for jockey Ruby Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins.
The 15-2 shot just had the edge over his rivals as they approached two out but soon stretched clear, coming home with six and a half lengths to spare over Plinth (25-1) in second.
Fox Norton (12-1) took third.