Annie Power strolls home at Punchestown
No mistake this time from super mare Annie Power as she ran away from her rivals to record a bloodless victory at Punchestown this afternoon on the final day of the Festival, one that has been dominated by her trainer Willie Mullins.
Sent off at 2/9f under Ruby Walsh she led from flag fall and made no jumping errors to gain quick compensation for her fall at the last at the Cheltenham Festival with Analifet best of the rest to record a 1,2 in the race for Willie Mullins, finishing second at 10/1.
“She has won convincingly. We could go to France or put her away. Her first few bits of work after her fall at Cheltenham I was very concerned that she didn’t work well. I thought she was afraid to let herself down. The last bit of work she was definitely back to herself and I was keen to bring her here” said Willie Mullins.
It was a big day for the trainer once again as he recorded 16 wins on the week and his grip over the meeting is strong, 10 years running leading trainer and mopped up a host of Grade 1’s in the process, in fact the day was controlled by the powerhouses of JP McManus, Rich Ricci and Gigginstown who were responsible for all of the winners on the card.
Jockey Mark Walsh rode a double on the day with Gallant Oscar, who made a handicap mockery of the chase at 5pm returning at 5/2f for Tony Martin, and he also rode Sort It Out in the same colours of JP McManus winning the following race at 6/1 for Ed Harty in tough fashion.
Bryan Cooper got on the board with Pettite Parisienne landing the Grade 1 Novices Hurdle in runaway style and a well backed 11/4f for Willie Mullins and Gigginstown House. Whilst racegoers were also treated to a Nina Carberry masterclass once again as she brought Josie’s Orders home in the opening race for Enda Bolger who once again remains king of the banks races at Punchestown.
A brilliant week in all and we will wait a while to see some fo the stars back on the racecourse as many will head off for well deserved summer breaks.
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