Annie Power: pre-festival run could herald a World Hurdle tiltPICTURE: Caroline Norris
Annie Power on course for Punchestown run
PUNCHESTOWN racegoers could well have the privilege of witnessing Annie Power strutting her stuff on Wednesday after trainer Willie Mullins indicated she is on target for a first run of the season.
The eight-year-old, a 4-6 shot for the OLBG Mares' Hurdle at next month's Cheltenham Festival and a general 5-1 third favourite for the World Hurdle, is one of ten entries for the 2m4f punchestown.com Mares' Hurdle.
In his exclusive Racing Post Saturday column, Mullins said: "We're pleased with the way Annie Power is progressing and she has been working well. Things are looking positive for her running on Wednesday, although we won't decide until close to declaration time on Tuesday.
"She likes Punchestown, having twice won the Grade 1 mares' hurdle at the festival meeting there."
Annie Power has not raced since landing the Punchestown event by ten lengths last May.
Annie Power's last flight fall at Cheltenham saved the bookies millionsPICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
She has won 12 of her 14 races, suffering her only defeats at Cheltenham, where she was runner-up to More Of That in the 2014 World Hurdle and fell at the last when poised to win the Mares' Hurdle last season - a tumble that saved the bookmakers a monster payout on Mullins multiples, estimated at the time to be around £50 million.
Her owner Rich Ricci told the Racing Post last month that getting a run into Annie Power would increase the prospects of her going for the World Hurdle this time, rather than the mares' contest.
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