Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Mares Champion Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m 2f
- (4yo+, 2m 2f, Class 1, 5 runners)
- Winner €62,000 2nd €19,000 3rd €9,000 4th €3,000 5th €2,000
- Going: Good to Yielding
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 4m 24.50s
- Off time: 15:46:43
|1st||1 Annie Power||1/6f|
|2nd||4 Jennies Jewel||7||25/1|
Annie Power (IRE) 51
|6||161 11-7||W P Mullins||R Walsh||163||1/6f|
Cockney Sparrow 21
|5||161 11-7||J J Quinn||B J Geraghty||154||5/1|
Jennies Jewel (IRE) 37
|7||161 11-7||J P Fahey||I J McCarthy||138||25/1|
Katie T (IRE) 48
|5||161 11-7||K Prendergast||A P Heskin||124||20/1|
Florishwells D'ete (FR) 2
|4||153 10-13 h||W P Mullins||A P McCoy||120||25/1|
||6||117||W P Mullins||P Townend||142||NR|
Glens Melody (IRE)
||5||11-7||W P Mullins||P Townend||7/2|
ANNIE POWER should get back to winning ways after her brave effort behind More Of That in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham. It's probable she didn't last home over the trip that day and this distance will suit her much better. Previously unbeaten, she accounted for stablemate Glens Melody by 12 lengths at Fairyhouse last season but the latter must be a doubtful runner after finishing fourth over 3m here on Thursday. Florishwell's D'Ete also ran on Thursday while Scottish Champion Hurdle winner Cockney Sparrow was struggling in second when falling behind the selection at Doncaster in January. The others have a mountain to climb on these terms.
Glens Melody (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Took keen hold, held up, slight mistake 4th, improved to chase leaders approaching straight, soon moderate 2nd, no extra and kept on same pace run-in, 4th of 9, 5l behind Jetson (11-10) at Punchestown 3m hdl G1 (1).
Annie Power (IRE) 11-8fav (11-3) Raced keenly, held up towards rear, switched outside 2 out, soon tracked leaders, squeezed through between rivals to challenge before last, ridden and every chance flat, no extra and held final 50 yards, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind More Of That (11-10) at Cheltenham 3m hdl G1 (1) gd in Mar.
Jennies Jewel (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Soon raced in 2nd, not fluent 1st, pushed along approaching straight, 3rd and no extra 3 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 14l behind Rebel Fitz (11-12) at Cork 2m 4f hdl hvy in Mar.
Katie T (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Held up towards rear, slight mistake 4 out, went 5th before straight, 4th from 2 out and soon ridden to challenge, stayed on well run-in to lead close home, won at Limerick 2m mrs nov hdl G3 (1) hvy in Mar beating Urticaire (10-12) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Florishwells D'ete (FR) 12-1 (10-10) Always towards rear, no impression from 2 out, 8th of 13, 28l behind Morga (10-10) at Punchestown 2m mrs nov hdl.
Cockney Sparrow 12-1 (9-11) Held up mid-division, ridden before 2 out, headway before last, ran on well to lead towards finish, won at Ayr 2m Ltd hcp hdl (1) gs in Apr beating Court Minstrel (10-3) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.