Annie Power got back to winning ways at PunchestownPICTURE: Caroline Norris
Power makes amends for Cheltenham mishap
Report: Punchestown, Saturday
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares' Champion Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m2f, 4yo+
ANNIE POWER made amends for a final-flight fall at the Cheltenham Festival when making all in the Grade 1 Mares' Champion Hurdle, in doing so giving Willie Mullins a record 14th success at this week's Punchestown Festival.
Ruby Walsh dictated on the 2-9 shot, who was rated upwards of 20lb superior to her six rivals, and she never looked in the remotest of dangers as she followed up last year's victory in the race.
Runner-up and stablemate Analifet may well have finished closer but for a mistake two out, while the Charlie Longsdon-trained Kalane stayed on for third.
Annie Power was capping a marvellous week for Mullins, who bettered his personal best of 13 winners at the meeting, nine of those victories coming in Grade 1 races.
"It took her a while to recover from her Cheltenham fall," Mullins revealed. "Initially everything looked fine but when we asked her to stretch and do her work it took her three bits of work at least, and Ruby to get on her before she let herself down.”
Also at Punchestown on Saturday
AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 4yo
IT DIDN'T take Willie Mullins long to register an astonishing 15th, and then 16th, winner for the week as Petite Parisienne made light-work of her rivals in this Grade 1 for juveniles and Nambour won the concluding bumper.
The Gigginstown-owned Petite Parisienne travelled easily throughout the two-mile contest and only had to survive a final-flight blunder to seal an emphatic victory in the Grade 1.
Coming into the home straight all that was needed was a quick shake of the reins from Bryan Cooper and the filly pulled away from her rivals for an impressive eight-length victory with the other Mullins-runner Buiseness Sivola in second and Thunder Zone in third.
Her victory means that of the 12 Grade 1s on offer at the festival this week Mullins has bagged ten and Nambour capped off what has been a memorable season on both sides of the Irish Sea for the trainer with win number 16.