Annie Power en route to an impressive victory at FairyhousePICTURE: Alain Barr (racingpost.com/photos)
Awesome Annie powers to Grade 1 glory
Report: Fairyhouse, Sunday
Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final (Grade 1) 2m4f, 4yo+
WILLIE MULLINS, who has handled the career of five-time Cheltenham Festival winner Quevega so masterfully, looks to have another star mare in his care in Annie Power who landed her first Grade 1 at Fairyhouse on Sunday.
Owned by Rich and Susannah Ricci, who enjoyed Cheltenham success with Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner Champagne Fever this year, Annie Power was sent off a 4-11 chance to win Ireland's first top-level race restricted to fillies and mares.
And she had few problems doing that, easing to a four-length victory under Ruby Walsh, who prior to the race described the daughter of Shirocco as a "bit special".
Mullins holds a similar view. "I knew that the trip would be no problem for her but I didn't think it would bring about that much improvement," he said.
"I still don't know how good she is. I said all along she could be anything and it's only now that she's starting to show you guys what she showed me.
"I've no interest in upping her in trip but she could easily come back down."
Annie Power, who won two bumpers for Jim Bolger before joining Mullins in the autumn, was stretching her unbeaten record to seven and could bid for win number eight in the new Grade 1 race for mares on the Saturday of the Punchestown festival.
Glens Melody, a stablemate of the winner, was second at 13-2 under David Casey.