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  • Annie Power Set For Doncaster

Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle (Registered As The River Don Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2) 3m 110y

  • (4yo+, 3m 110y, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £15,661 2nd £5,877 3rd £2,942 4th £1,466 5th £737 6th £368
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 22.30s
  • Off time: 14:41:02
Full result
Result 14:40 Doncaster
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 6 Urban Hymn 9/4f
2nd 4 Blakemount s.h 7/1
  • Last Updated: January 21 2014, 17:24 GMT

Willie Mullins is happy with his star mares, Annie Power and Quevega, with the former set for Doncaster on Saturday.

Annie Power: Set for Doncaster
Annie Power: Set for Doncaster

Mullins has never made any secret of the regard in which he holds Annie Power but it wasn't until this season that the six-year-old really propelled herself into the public consciousness.

She had her first start in Britain at Ascot in November when comfortably accounting for Zarkandar before extending her winning sequence to nine with an even more impressive defeat of the same rival at Cheltenham.

The big spring targets have yet to be confirmed for the daughter of Shirocco with everything from the Stan James Champion Hurdle, the OLBG.com Mares' Hurdle and the Ladbrokes World Hurdle under consideration.

Ireland's Champion Trainer did, however, confirm more immediate plans with Annie Power due to line up in the Grade Two OLBG.com Mares' Hurdle at Doncaster on Saturday where she will face a maximum of 10 rivals.

"We are hoping to come over for the OLBG.com Mares' Hurdle at Doncaster on Saturday, although a final decision won't be made until Thursday."

One possible factor against Annie Power running in the race of the same name at Cheltenham in March is stablemate Quevega who could attempt to complete a record victory in the contest and Mullins confirmed that she was on track to defend her crown.

"Quevega is in great form at the moment and on course to defend her title at the Festival."

Among the possible opponents for Annie Power on Saturday is the John Quinn-trained Cockney Sparrow who is ready to return to the fray again after she finished an excellent second to My Tent Or Yours in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle on her latest start.

"She's fine, she's been in good form since Newcastle," said Quinn. "I've been very happy with her, she ran a good race there.

"The ground won't matter to her, if it dries up or rains, it won't make that much difference. It's two miles again and she's got plenty of boot. Whatever she does, really we are in bonus time with her already."

Alasi, winner of this prize two years ago, could go again and her trainer Paul Webber has also put in Koolala. She opened her account over jumps at Uttoxeter in November.

Doyly Carte, L'Unique and Blue Buttons are among other decent entries while David Pipe has put in Legacy Gold, though she is down to run at Leicester today.


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