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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Unbeaten Annie has staying Power but still divides opinion

Annie Power and Ruby Walsh. Photo: PA Wire
Annie Power and Ruby Walsh. Photo: PA Wire

ANNIE POWER extended her unbeaten run by landing the Coral Hurdle over an extended 2m3f on Saturday and in the process she beat Zarkandar by five-lengths, yet she still seemed to divide opinion.

Twitter is a great place for opinions and immediately after the race it couldn't have varied any more as some were saying how good she was and that they'd like a few Champion Hurdle prices, others were thinking World Hurdle, while some were saying that she had no chance.

Champion Hurdle v World Hurdle looks a realistic debate, although I would certainly be thinking Champion Hurdle personally, but those who suggested she had no chance in the Champion Hurdle have to take a step back and look at the facts.

Annie Power, having her first run of the season, was taking on a Triumph Hurdle winner in Zarkandar, who was fifth and fourth in two Champion Hurdles and came within seven-lengths of Hurricane Fly last March. He then went on to beat The New One at Aintree and he's the Champion Hurdle favourite.

Also take on board Ruby Walsh's post race reflections. He wasn't waxing lyrical about her Champion Hurdle claims, although he did say that she didn't do anything to suggest she's not a Champion Hurdle horse and he never mentioned World Hurdle.

Where she goes next is anyone's guess, including her owner, as Hurricane Fly is going his familiar route and is unlikely to face opposition from Annie Power at this stage or Un De Sceaux, who we haven't seen since Punchestown in April but is prominent in many peoples' notebooks on the 'two-mile hurdle' page, but she can only come on for the run again and I can assure you that you'll back worse 12/1 shots in your life.

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