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Annie Power poised for trip to Doncaster

Updated: Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 16:44 | Comments

Annie Power will revert to racing against her own sex after competing against males on her two most recent starts
Annie Power will revert to racing against her own sex after competing against males on her two most recent starts

Annie Power is set to travel to England again as Willie Mullins looks to give her more racecourse experience in the OLBG.com Doncaster Mares' Hurdle on Saturday.

The six-year-old is likely to be an important member of the champion trainer's team for the Cheltenham Festival, although Mullins has refused to confirm her ultimate target.

Bearing all possible future plans in mind, the County Carlow handler is leaning towards sending Rich Ricci's unbeaten six-year-old to Town Moor for the Grade Two contest over an extended two miles.

At this stage she is still in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle, in which Mullins will rely on Hurricane Fly.

Annie Power’s two wins this season have been on other of the Irish Sea at Ascot and at Cheltenham and at distances around two and a half miles. Saturday's race would be the first time she has tackled two miles since she defeated Defy Logic in a Grade Two novice hurdle at Naas last February.

"I think she'll go to Doncaster. It's a nice prize and hopefully will bring her on experience wise as well," said Mullins.

"We wouldn't have thought the drop back to two miles would be a problem."

The race was originally scheduled for 2.40, but has moved to 2.05, having swapped places with the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle.

The extra 35 minutes gives Mullins' stable jockey Ruby Walsh the time to get to Cheltenham to potentially ride Boston Bob in the galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle at 3.35 against his old partner Big Buck's.

"We've swapped the race times around with the Albert Bartlett as there's a better chance of her turning up," said Lucy Rhodes, Doncaster's media and communications executive.

"It's fantastic that such a great horse like Annie Power is coming over and ticket sales have been gathering momentum since she received an entry. It's very exciting."

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