Saturday 10 December 2016

Annie Power romps home in Champion Hurdle to avenge last year's fall

Graham Clark and Nick Robson

Published 15/03/2016 | 15:56

Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse - 15/3/16
Ruby Walsh celebrates winning the 3.30 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy on Annie Power Action Images via Reuters / Paul Childs
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Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse - 15/3/16 Ruby Walsh celebrates winning the 3.30 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy on Annie Power Action Images via Reuters / Paul Childs Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Annie Power, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Ruby Walsh, won the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.

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A dramatic last-flight faller in the Mares' Hurdle 12 months ago and second in the World Hurdle in 2014, she justified being supplemented for the two-mile showpiece.

The decision was made due an injury to last year's winner Faugheen for the same connections of owner Rich Ricci, trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh.

Annie Power (5-2 favourite) pulled her way to the front at the first obstacle and went on to dictate affairs, becoming only the fourth mare to win the Champion Hurdle and the first since Flakey Dove in 1994.

My Tent Or Yours (10-1) put in a strong bid in his first race for 703 days, running a gallant race to take the runner-up spot, four and a half lengths behind the winner.

Nichols Canyon (15-2) was a head back in third to give Mullins a one-three.

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