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Annie Power heads Champion Hurdle contenders

Published 13/03/2016

Willie Mullins with Annie Power
Willie Mullins with Annie Power

Annie Power heads a final field of 12 for the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham on Tuesday.

The mare was supplemented at the confirmation stage last Wednesday, as expected, due to an injury to last year's winner Faugheen.

Both Faugheen and Annie Power are owned by Rich Ricci.

Ruby Walsh will ride Annie Power, the number one for the Willie Mullins team, with Paul Townend aboard Nichols Canyon. Mullins is also represented by Sempre Medici, also carrying the Ricci colours.

Fighting Fifth Hurdle winner Identity Thief, trained by Henry de Bromhead, is the other Irish-based runner.

The home team is headed by The New One, having his third run in the race for Nigel Twiston-Davies.

Nicky Henderson is responsible for five of the starters - the long-absent My Tent Or Yours, last year's Triumph Hurdle winner Peace And Co, Hargam, Sign Of A Victory and Top Notch.

Lil Rockerfeller, who was the other supplementary entry, takes his chance for Neil King, while Robert Walford's Camping Ground completes the list, with Old Guard now a non runner.

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