Tuesday 21 November 2017

Watching Brief

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

ANNIE POWER is expected to swerve Hurricane Fly at Leopardstown in favour of a stab at the woodiesdiy.com Christmas Hurdle.

Willie Mullins' classy mare, whose form was complemented at Cheltenham last week when The New One beat Zarkandar no more easily than she did at Ascot, will meet the staying hurdle champion Solwhit in the three-mile Grade One, but it seems the shrewdest option at this stage.

There is real strength in depth to the two-mile division this term, and the daughter of Shirocco doesn't look short of stamina.

There are a few ifs involved but if At Fishers Cross were to fluff his lines today with Annie Power beating Solwhit next Saturday and the 10-year-old Big Buck's turning out to be slightly more mortal on his return from injury, the World Hurdle market might be turned on its head.

It's possible each of those eventualities could occur so, with Quevega sure to be Mullins' No 1 option for the mares' race, it makes sense to snap up some of the 10/1 that can still be had about Annie Power for the World Hurdle this morning.

Irish Independent

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