Thursday 29 September 2016

Aintree next on Annie Power agenda

Published 22/03/2016 | 19:11

Annie Power
Annie Power

Willie Mullins has confirmed Annie Power to be on course for next month's Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle.

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The brilliant eight-year-old became the first mare in 22 years to claim the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham a week ago and she is set to take on the boys once more on the first day of the Grand National meeting on April 7.

Annie Power was one of three mares to strike gold at Prestbury Park for the champion trainer, with Vroum Vroum Mag taking the OLBG Mares' Hurdle and Limini justifying the hype in the inaugural Trull House Stud Mares' Novices' Hurdle.

Mullins told OLBG.com "Vroum Vroum Mag is in very good order and we'll most likely keep her for Punchestown, although she might get an entry at Aintree.

"As for Annie Power, I'm very pleased with how she's come out of her race at Cheltenham and we'll be looking at the Aintree Hurdle for her next.

"Limini was very impressive and she could run at Punchestown.

"The good thing is that Rich Ricci (owner) has no plans on retiring any of the three mares any time soon, so racing fans everywhere will get the chance to see them in action again next season."

Mullins' Don Poli is the most high-profile withdrawal from the Crabbie's Grand National at the latest acceptance stage, with 96 horses still in the reckoning.

The seven-year-old was around a 20-1 shot after finishing third to Don Cossack in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup last week.

Other notable performers taken out include Valseur Lido, Foxrock and Lord Windermere.

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