• Racing/
  • Annie Powers To Victory

paddypower.com Novice Hurdle (Grade 2) 2m

  • (4yo+, 2m, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner €26,975 2nd €7,886 3rd €3,736 4th €1,245
  • Going: Soft to Heavy (Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 55.00s
  • Off time: 15:35:41
  • Last Updated: February 25 2013, 10:59 GMT

Annie Power posted her sixth success in a row as she saw off her five rivals in the paddypower.com Novice Hurdle.

Willie Mullins: Trainer of Annie Power
Willie Mullins: Trainer of Annie Power

Tony McCoy attempted to control the race aboard the well-supported favourite, Defy Logic, and as they rounded the home turn, the 17-times British champion looked as if he had timed his fractions right.

Having raced just off what was no more than a modest pace, both Annie power and Don Cossack came to challenge the long time leader and it was Willie Mullins' mare that showed the greater resolution.

A delighted Mullins said: "I didn't know how good she was and we came here to find out. I still don't know how good she is!

"She has the size and scope to be anything. She looks like she'll be a chaser in time and I hope she'll improve and keep getting stronger.

"With a summer's grass she can do nothing but improve. We'll probably look at the Grade One mares' race at Fairyhouse for her."

Defy Logic's trainer Paul Nolan said: "I think we were beaten by an exceptional mare. It's only his second run over hurdles and Tony (McCoy) said he was a bit green.

"It's only the second time he's been off the bridle in his life. We'll have to have a chat with the lads and see where we go next."

Sky Bet made the winner a 20/1 chance from 40/1 for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle.