Annie Power seals Mares Champion Hurdle win in style
Annie Power emphatically returned to winning ways in the Irish Stallion Farm EBF Mares Champion Hurdle at Punchesown.
The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old's spotless record was ended when second in the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, but she reminded everyone of her|brilliant talents back on home territory.
Sent off the 1/6 favourite back down in trip over two and a quarter miles, Annie Power made all of the running under Ruby Walsh, who extended his advantage at the top of the home straight. Runner-up Jennies Jewel gave chase, but it was all in vain.
“Ruby wanted to be bold and jumped out and let her go on. We'll probably give her a break now as she's had a hard enough season,’’ said Mullins.