Annie Power now 2/1 to win Champion Hurdle after Willie Mullins confirms it’s a likely race at the Cheltenham Festival
A few weeks ago and Annie Power looked set to be lining up in the Mares’ Hurdle on Day 1 of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival, with the Willie Mullins charge trading at odds-on for this particular race.
However, the withdrawal of Faugheen and then Arctic Fire has seen Annie Power installed as favourite to win the Champion Hurdle instead, with Willie Mullins confirming that his mare would be likely to take her chance in the showcase race on the Tuesday.
Annie Power was entered for the Champion Hurdle two years ago before being switched to run in the World Hurdle where she finished a creditable second.
However, it appears that the Mullins camp will stump up a ransom to ensure they get her entered in a race where Paddy Power are the only firm offering 2/1 about Annie Power claiming the spoils.
We’ve got to supplement her (Annie Power), but Vroum Vroum Mag would look a possible for the Mares’ Hurdle and if that’s the case I would imagine Annie would go for the Champion,” said Mullins.
“Going back two years we felt Annie could be a Champion Hurdle horse, but we had Hurricane Fly in it and you’d have to think maybe this is the year she should run in it.
“I don’t think coming back to two miles will be any trouble to her. When you consider how many horses we could enter for a Champion Hurdle she’d be as fast as any of them.
“She’s good and keen at home and I’m happy with that as we need her to get all that work.
“I’d imagine she’ll wear the hood, it will certainly make her easier to ride. With the pace they’ll be going in the Champion she probably need not have it, but it will cost nothing to wear and it might make her easier to manage.”
Vroum Vroum Mag is available at 5/4 with William Hill to win the Mares Hurdle and that price will collapse once she is confirmed to take her chance against the other mares such as Polly Peachum.
All odds were correct at time of posting.