Willie Mullins’ superstar is already in foal to Camelot and ready to enjoy a new career as a broodmare after her glittering chapter on the racecourse which included winning the Champion Hurdle
BRILLIANT hurdler Annie Power has been retired.
Connections have called time on her career with the mare already in foal to Camelot and running out of time to get back on the racecourse.
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A terrific winner of the 2016 Champion Hurdle – making up for her last-fence fall at the Festival the year before in the Mares’ contest – Mullins’ mare has suffered a number of setbacks.
She was last seen powering clear in the Aintree Hurdle last year to defeat My Tent Or Yours by 18 lengths.
Owned by Rich Ricci, she retires with a record under Rules of 17 races and 15 wins, with six at the highest level.
The only horse to finish in front of her when she stood up was Jonjo O’Neill’s More Of That in the 2014 World Hurdle at Cheltenham, her only start over three miles.
In winning the Champion Hurdle she became the first mare to be successful since Flakey Dove in 1994 and her exploits possibly only fall short to Dawn Run as the best National Hunt racemare of the modern era.
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“My favourite memory of her was when she landed running at the back of the last in the Champion Hurdle,” Mullins told Press Association Sport.
“After what had happened the year before I was able to enjoy her running up the hill on her own.
“She might have achieved a higher figure at Aintree, and in beating My Tent Or Yours so much easier there you could argue that was her best display, but just with everything that goes with Cheltenham I’d have been disappointed if we didn’t win one with her.
“At the beginning I bought her for fences, believe it or not, so if I’ve one regret it’s that we never saw her jump a fence because I think she’d have been brilliant.
“She had so much size and scope about her it was always in my mind – but the Champion Hurdle has to be the highlight.”
When asked if Mullins would like to train one of her offspring, he said: “I’m just happy to have her in this instance, but of course I’m as curious as everyone else will be to find out how good a broodmare she will become.”