Wednesday 21 March 2018

Mullins refuses to rule out Annie Power's racing return

Trainer Willie Mullins. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Trainer Willie Mullins. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Willie Mullins is not ruling out the possibility of Annie Power gracing the racecourse again before she is retired.

The nine-year-old became the first mare in 22 years to claim the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March 2016, but has not been seen in competitive action since following up in the Aintree Hurdle the following month.

Last month connections confirmed the great mare was in foal to Camelot, which won the 2000 Guineas and completed the English-Irish Derby double for Aidan O'Brien in 2012. After sidestepping several engagements at the Punchestown Festival, it seemed her racing career was over, but Mullins revealed that has not yet been confirmed.

"She's working away doing fast work, there's just no spark," said the champion trainer. "If she sparked, she might go to France. Maybe she might have a run or two on the Flat, we'll see."

Another Mullins-trained Champion Hurdle winner which has spent a long time on the sidelines is Faugheen. "He's hacking away and I think if I put him out for a summer's grass, he's going to come in like a Clydesdale or something like that," he said.

Irish Independent

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