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Friday, 19 October, 2018

Exceptional, wonderful, truly great: read Ruby Walsh's view

Annie Power's regular partner on what made her so special

Ruby Walsh casts an admiring glance in the direction of Annie Power after her Champion Hurdle win
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Annie Power was a wonderful racemare who achieved so much. For any racehorse to be beaten only twice in a 17-race career, especially over jumps, is very special and I can't praise her highly enough.

She was simply an exceptional racehorse and showed herself to be a high-class performer at any distance. The one time she ran over three miles she finished second in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2014 when she raced too keenly.

Dropping in trip to win the 2016 Champion Hurdle after Faugheen had to miss the race was one of her best days and she went on to the Aintree Aintree Hurdle, where she delivered a truly great performance.

She beat My Tent Of Yours by 18 lengths, with Nichols Canyon nine lengths back in third. To beat such high-class hurdlers in the way she did was an exceptional effort.

That proved to be her final race. She was due to run at Punchestown last month but that didn't happen as she wasn't showing her usual sparkle in the lead-up to the festival, but she is one of the truly great racemares. It would be great if we could find another one like her.

She was simply an exceptional racehorse and showed herself to be a high-class performer at any distance

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