Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 1 November 2014

Annie powers to magnificent seven

It's no contest as Annie Power is clear at the last

Annie Power stretched her unbeaten run to seven with a superb display in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final at Fairyhouse.

The Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old had beaten male opponents when running out a most impressive winner of a Grade Two at Naas in February, meaning she was the 4-11 favourite for a race which was this year given Grade One status.

Ruby Walsh settled her at the rear of the six-runner field for much of the two-and-a-half-mile journey, but she pulled her way to the front still full of running rounding the home bend and dismissed stable companion Glens Melody as she stretched clear for a 12-length win.

Mullins said: "She is what I said she could be, but I still don't know how good she is. She might go for the Grade One (mares hurdle) at Punchestown.

"She's starting to show what she shows at home. She's a good mare and keeps improving. She could be anything. I don't know how much is left in the tank. She did it so easy. Ruby said she idled a bit in front.

"I didn't think two and a half miles would be a problem, but I didn't think it would bring about the improvement she showed. She could easily come back in trip. It looked a slow pace. The faster it got the better she got and the better her jumping got.

"I loved her the first day I saw Patrick (Mullins, son) ride her in a bumper. I was taken with her size and scope and she had a lovely pedigree. I thought she could go the whole way. I set about buying her. It took a bit of work to prise her off Jim Bolger, but he's not too interested in jumping, so that made the job easier.

"Quevega is a lovely placid mare, but this mare acts more like a racemare and is more hyperactive."

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