Annie Power is set to grace South Yorkshire with her presence as Willie Mullins looks to give her more racecourse experience in the OLBG.com Doncaster Mares’ Hurdle on Saturday.
The six-year-old is likely to be an important member of the champion Irish trainer’s team for the Cheltenham Festival and already holds entries in the Stan James Champion Hurdle and the Ladbrokes World Hurdle as well as being a possible deputy for Quevega in the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle there. Bearing future plans in mind, the County Carlow handler is leaning towards sending Rich Ricci’s unbeaten six-year-old to Town Moor for the Grade Two contest over two miles.
Currently, she is still in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle, in which Mullins also has Hurricane Fly and the highly-regarded Un de Sceaux. Her two wins this season have been at Ascot and at Cheltenham and at distances around two and a half miles. Saturday would be the first time she has tackled two miles since she defeated Defy Logic in a novice hurdle at Naas last February.
“I think she’ll go to Doncaster. It’s a nice prize and hopefully will bring her on experience wise,” said Mullins. “We wouldn’t have thought the drop back to two miles would be a problem.”
* Racing card: P55.