Annie Power out for the season
Annie Power, arguably the most popular mare in racing, has effectively been ruled out for the season with a leg injury.
The Willie Mullins-trained horse, whose fall at the final flight in the Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival two years ago saved the bookmakers millions, was due to return at Punchestown next month.
The Champion Hurdle winner last season has not been seen this term. Mullins revealed yesterday that all was not well with the nine-year-old, owned by US-born businessman Rich Ricci.
Mullins said: "She worked well on Tuesday, we were very pleased with her. I was away all day working horses on the Curragh and they told me that evening they weren't happy with her.
"We confirmed this morning that she has an injury on the other leg, the good leg for want of a better word. She's definitely out of Cheltenham and whether she runs again this season, I don't know. I'd probably say not."
Better news for the stable is that another star hurdler, Faugheen, is ready to return at Leopardstown on Sunday.