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  • Annie Back In Winning Groove

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
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 24.50s
  • Off time: 15:46:43
  • Last Updated: May 3 2014, 17:15 BST

Annie Power was back in the winning groove after recording a bloodless victory in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Mares Champion Hurdle at Punchestown.

Annie Power: Back to winning ways.
Annie Power: Back to winning ways.

The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old's spotless record was ended when second in the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, but she reminded everyone of her talents back on home territory and back against her own sex.

Sent off the 1-6 favourite back down in trip over two and a quarter miles, Annie Power made all of the running under Ruby Walsh, who extended his advantage at the top of the home straight.

Runner-up Jennies Jewel gave chase, but it was all in vain and she went down by seven lengths.

Mullins said: "Ruby wanted to be bold and jumped out and let her go on. We'll probably give her a break now as she's had a hard enough season.

"I'd love to see her jump those French hurdles but she's possibly done enough travelling this season.

"She was hanging off the rails a bit, which was a bit of a concern, but she's not raced right-handed that much.

"We didn't put in the earplugs today, either, so that could also be a reason for her hanging."