Monday 23 July 2018

Annie Power adds Aintree Hurdle glory to Cheltenham success

Annie Power reigned supreme as she followed up her Cheltenham exploits with a brilliant performance in the Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle at the Liverpool track.

Emulating the mighty mare Dawn Run, who won both this race and the Champion Hurdle in the same season back in 1984, Annie Power was simply the best.

She was barely out of second gear for most of the race as Nichols Canyon set the pace.

Ruby Walsh sat motionless on the brilliant eight-year-old, trained by Willie Mullins, before she went on a long way from home.

Cheltenham second My Tent Or Yours tried to mount a challenge but was brushed aside before lack of stamina kicked in.

The 4-11 favourite went on to win as she liked by 18 lengths from My Tent Or Yours. Nichols Canyon, also trained by Mullins, was third as owner Rich Ricci chalked up his first winner at the course.

The New One fell at the fifth flight. Both horse and rider Sam Twiston-Davies got up quickly.

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