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Willie Mullins plumps for World rule with Annie Power at Cheltenham

Updated: Sunday, 02 Mar 2014 20:10 | Comments

Annie Power and jockey Ruby Walsh set for Ladbrokes World Hurdle
Annie Power and jockey Ruby Walsh set for Ladbrokes World Hurdle

Willie Mullins' unbeaten mare Annie Power is set to take her chance in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham next week with Ruby Walsh riding.

The six-year-old also holds entries in the Stan James Champion Hurdle and the OLBG Mares' Hurdle, and her target at Prestbury Park has been the subject of speculation for many weeks.

But speaking after racing at Leopardstown on Sunday, trainer Mullins outlined the big staying prize on Thursday-week and a head-to-head with Big Bucks as the intended destination for the Rich Ricci-owned daughter of Shirocco.

Mullins said: "All being well, and if everything goes right, Ruby will probably ride Hurricane Fly in the Champion, Quevega in the mares' race and Annie Power in the stayers' (World Hurdle).

"We've had a good chat with the owners and at that the moment that's the way it looks, they are all happy on that score."

Annie Power's three outings this season have all come in Britain, with Walsh's partner recording victories at Ascot, Cheltenham and, most recently, at Doncaster.

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