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Annie Power To Miss The Cheltenham Festival

Wednesday 25th January 2017

News has broken this morning that defending Champion Hurdle heroine, Annie Power, will miss the defence of her title having picked up a leg injury. The 9YO had not been seen this season but reports of a comeback next month have now been put on hold after a problem was discovered.

Willie Mullins has immediately ruled her out of the Cheltenham Festival but hasn't ruled out her out completely of appearing at some stage in the spring.

One of the most popular horses in training, Annie Power swept all before her last season as she won the Champion Hurdle and the Aintree Hurdle and it was hoped she would be able to replicate those feats.

Attention for Rich Ricci and Willie Mullins will now turn to another stable-star with Faugheen set to make his first start for a year in the Irish Champion Hurdle. Conenctions will surely hope that the 2015 Champion Hurdler can show all of his old talent on Sunday, especially in the wake of the news about Annie Power.

The Champion Hurdle betting market has been shaken up as a result of the Annie news with Faugheen now as short as 4/5f, from 5/4f, with bet365. Other horses who could benefit from the absence of Annie Power include Yanworth, who is into 4/1, from 5s, and Petit Mouchoir, who is now a 6/1, from 7s, shot for the day one highlight.

Latest Champion Hurdle Betting

Buveur D'Air B J Geraghty / N J Henderson 11/4 5/2
Samcro 7/2 4/1
Laurina R Walsh / W P Mullins 5/1 5/1
Melon P Townend / W P Mullins 10/1 8/1
Summerville Boy 14/1 12/1
Apples Jade J W Kennedy / G Elliott 16/1 -
Supasundae 14/1 20/1
Min 20/1 -
Draconien 20/1 -
Getabird 40/1 14/1
We Have A Dream 25/1 20/1
Verdana Blue D N Russell / N J Henderson 25/1 -
Yorkhill 25/1 -
Farclas 40/1 25/1
If The Cap Fits 33/1 -
Faugheen 33/1 -
Kalashnikov 33/1 -
Saldier 33/1 -
Paloma Blue 40/1 -
Mick Jazz 33/1 -
Coquin Mans 33/1 -
Global Citizen D Bass / B Pauling 50/1 -
Labaik 40/1 -
Mengli Khan 40/1 -
Vision Des Flos 40/1 -
Apples Shakira 50/1 -
Mr Adjudicator 50/1 -
Brain Power Nico de Boinville / N J Henderson 50/1 -
Redicean 50/1 -
Mohaayed 50/1 -
Pearl Of The West 50/1 -
Sharjah Mr P W Mullins / W P Mullins 66/1 -
Charli Parcs - 66/1
Cliffs Of Dover 66/1 -
Silver Streak Adam Wedge / Evan Williams 66/1 -
Storm Rising 100/1 -
Golden Birthday 100/1 -
Each Way Terms 3
1/4
3
1/5

BEST ODDS
1. Buveur D'Air B J Geraghty / N J Henderson
11/4
3. Laurina R Walsh / W P Mullins
5/1
4. Melon P Townend / W P Mullins
10/1
6. Apples Jade J W Kennedy / G Elliott
16/1
12. Verdana Blue D N Russell / N J Henderson
25/1
22. Global Citizen D Bass / B Pauling
50/1
28. Brain Power Nico de Boinville / N J Henderson
50/1
32. Sharjah Mr P W Mullins / W P Mullins
66/1
35. Silver Streak Adam Wedge / Evan Williams
66/1
Odds correct as of 11th Apr, 12:53 . Odds are subject to change.
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