Willie Mullins’ mare – who is in foal to Camelot – was not declared for the Mares Champion Hurdle and time is running out for her to make the racecourse
BRILLIANT mare Annie Power may have run her last race after she was not declared for the Mares Champion Hurdle at Punchestown on Saturday.
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Willie Mullins’ nine-year-old, who became the first mare in 22 years to claim the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham last year, has not been seen since winning the Aintree Hurdle last April.
Last week connections confirmed she was in foal to Camelot, who won the 2000 Guineas and completed the English-Irish Derby double for Aidan O’Brien in 2012.
Annie Power looked set for one final hurrah on the final day of the Punchestown Festival, but Mullins has decided against sending her to County Kildare.
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He told Press Association Sport: “I thought she worked very well last week, but she was just not showing any sparkle this week and I didn’t feel happy running her. That is the reason we are not running.
“I don’t want to say anything about retirement yet as I need to have a discussion with the owner.
“We need to be respectful to the owner and we will be discussing it in the next day or so.”