Tuesday 25 October 2016

Plans on hold for Annie Power after the brilliant mare suffers a setback

Published 21/11/2015 | 19:46

Annie Power
Annie Power

Annie Power is unlikely to return to action before the Cheltenham Festival after suffering a setback.

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The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old has won 12 of 14 racecourse outings with her only defeats coming when second to More Of That in the 2014 World Hurdle and when crashing out at the last with the OLBG Mares' Hurdle at her mercy at this year's Festival.

Annie Power bounced back from that fall with a wide-margin Punchestown win back in May and she had been in the frame to return in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse later this month.

However, owner Rich Ricci says that race is now off the agenda, with a decision on whether she will be aimed at the World Hurdle or the Mares' Hurdle at the 2016 Cheltenham Festival also undecided at this stage.

He said: "She is fine. She has just had a niggling setback and she will probably not run until Cheltenham.

"We won't take any chances with her as she is too valuable and is my pet. We will do the right thing by her.

"She will be back in work at the end of December then we will step her back up and get her ready for Cheltenham.

"We will make a decision which race she goes for in February as there is no rush."

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