Sunday 30 April 2017

Annie Power handed multiple Punchestown Festival options

Annie Power won't run in Punchestown this week
Annie Power won't run in Punchestown this week

Annie Power holds multiple entries at the Punchestown Festival later this month as she nears a return to action.

Sideline by injury since winning the Aintree Hurdle a year ago, perhaps her most likely target is the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Champion Hurdle on the Saturday of the Festival (April 29).

However, she also holds entries in the Betdaq Punchestown Champion Hurdle on April 28 and the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle (April 27).

The nine-year-old claimed successive renewals of the Mares race in 2014-15 and trainer Willie Mullins has won five of the last seven.

Mullins is responsible for eight of the 15 entries, with Cheltenham heroine Let's Dance, Vroum Vroum Mag and last year's winner Whiteout also in contention.

Apple's Jade is joined by stablemates Barra, Dinaria Des Obeaux and Shattered Love.

Phil Kirby's Lady Buttons is the only British-trained entry.

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