Annie Power: could be forced to miss the Hatton's Grace HurdlePICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
on cards for Annie Power
ANNIE POWER, the favourite for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle, has suffered a small setback which may keep her off the track until the Cheltenham Festival.
Rich Ricci, whose wife Susannah owns the mare, described the issue as "a niggle" which if forcing her to miss the Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse next weekend may result in her contesting the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle next March instead of the stayers' prize.
"Annie Power has had a bit of a setback but she is fine, it's a niggle," said Ricci. "The target has always been the Hatton's Grace. That will remain her target but she might miss that.
"If she does then probably we will go straight to Cheltenham with her. It is not anything serious at all but it may be a situation like last year where were go straight to Cheltenham.
"If she goes straight to Cheltenham she will probably go for the Mares' Hurdle rather than the World Hurdle, which disappoints me in some ways, but you know what it would be nice to get her a win. She deserves it."