Annie Power: only defeat came in the World Hurdle in MarchPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Annie Power to remain over hurdles this season
WILLIE MULLINS has confirmed star mare Annie Power, who has been beaten only once in her 12-race career, is to stay hurdling this season.
Speaking on Wednesday morning, Mullins told the Racing Post: "We've decided that Annie Power will be campaigned over hurdles rather than fences this season. There are lots of opportunities for her over different distances - the OLBG Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham, which is now a Grade 1, being one of them.
"However, we're not specifying any long-term targets for her at this stage. We'll see how things go and she will have plenty of options through the season.
"While we were discussing what to do, we entered her up for a few races including the Fighting Fifth Hurdle and the Hatton's Grace Hurdle but there are no definite plans for her first run of the season just yet. We'll wait until she is ready."
Annie Power has won eight of her nine races over hurdles and met with her only defeat when beaten by More Of That in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.
She is 10-1 for that contest this term, 14-1 for the Stan James Champion Hurdle and 5-4 favourite for the mares' race, which her former stablemate Quevega won a record six times.