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Willie Mullins expects Annie Power

Willie Mullins expects Annie Power (pictured) to return to full training following the busy Christmas period after scans revealed her injuries were not as bad as first feared.

The top-class mare was declared to make her reappearance in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday, but was found to be lame on Friday and was immediately withdrawn from the Grade One contest.


The champion trainer feared the six-year-old could have suffered a possible stress fracture, which would have meant eight to 10 weeks box rest.

Mullins said: "Annie (Power) will walk until Christmas and be checked again and then hopefully be back to full training.

"(There is) no fracture. Just a stress reaction."

Owned by Rich Ricci, Annie Power lost her unbeaten record when second to More Of That in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham in March, before bouncing back at Punchestown.

Mullins is hopeful she will return to Prestbury Park in March and has not ruled out giving her a prep run.

He said: "We hope to make it (to Cheltenham).

"If we can we will run before."