ANNIE POWER remains unbeaten as she extended her increasingly impressive record to nine from nine at Cheltenham yesterday when she won the three runner Dornan Engineering Hurdle, beating Zarkandar by a facile eight-lengths.
The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old remains both a Champion Hurdle and World Hurdle prospect for the Festival in March as she stepped up from beating Zarkandar by five-lengths at Ascot in November to beat the Paul Nicholls runner by a more straight forward eight-lengths yesterday despite being 3lbs worse off at the weights.
Willie Mullins watched from Tramore, where he won the feature race with Marito, but Ruby Walsh was certainly impressed with the performance stating afterwards that Annie Power was "a very good mare".
The winning rider said: "She's nine from nine. She is a very good mare with a huge engine and I'd say the way she finished there, stamina is not an issue."
Bookmakers Paddy Power left Annie Power unchanged at 6/1 for the World Hurdle at Cheltenham and cut her from 12/1 into 10s for the Champion Hurdle at the same meeting.
"That's not an easy record to achieve (nine from nine) but from day one she has never been anything but very good," Walsh continued.
"She handled the ground and jumped very well, apart from a minor hiccup at the last.
"This trip (2m4f) is not a bother for her, but where she will run at the Festival is a decision for Willie and Willie only."