Thursday 8 December 2016

Annie Power set for Punchestown

Published 15/02/2016 | 02:30

Ruby Walsh will be hoping to partner Annie Power to a winning return at Punchestown Photo: PA
Ruby Walsh will be hoping to partner Annie Power to a winning return at Punchestown Photo: PA

Annie Power is set to make her seasonal return in Wednesday's punchestown.com Mares Hurdle.

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The eight-year-old has been off the track since winning a Grade One event at that track's Festival last May, making amends for her final-flight departure when booked for victory in the Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Willie Mullins had planned to have his star mare back in action earlier in the season but a knocked joint has delayed her return and connections were considering heading straight to Cheltenham.

However, Mullins has been pleased by her progress and Annie Power is now likely to line up in Wednesday's two-and-a-half-mile event.

Meanwhile, Gary Moore may have to change Violet Dancer's Cheltenham target after the six-year-old floored L'Ami Serge at Warwick. Twelve months on from his victory in Newbury's Betfair Hurdle, Violet Dancer put up a convincing front-running performance to beat the 1/5 favourite by 11 lengths in the Kingmaker Novices' Chase.

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