Annie Power was a great stalwart who will take some replacing
16 May 2017
Annie Power was a great mare. She's sound, well and retiring to the breeding shed. The only sadness would have been if something had happened to her, but she's in foal and hopefully she might breed something of some use.
Patrick Mullins rode her in two bumpers in her early days when she was trained by Jim Bolger and really liked her, so I'd imagine he encouraged Willie [Mullins] to buy her. If he did it, was a very good move.
She was well placed by Willie.She won a Grade One as a novice, she started off the following year by beating Zarkandar at Ascot and her first defeat came in the World Hurdle at the hands of More Of That.
On the day she just didn't settle that well to win over three miles. The only days she got beaten was that day and when she fell in the last in the Mares' Hurdle in 2015.
Every other day she showed how good she was. Often somewhere along the way you are going to have a bit of bad luck.
Last year, she was dropped in at the eleventh hour to run in the Champion Hurdle and produced one of the best performances of her career.
We had so much belief in her at home and it was great she got to deliver that at Cheltenham. It was a brilliant day.
The one thing that worried me in the race, going at two-mile championship pace, was whether her jumping might slip up but she didn't miss a beat that day.
I was always fairly adamant I would make it a good test of stamina and she was very good. Quickening away from the second last, she was never going to be beaten.
From there she went to Aintree, where she absolutely bolted up.
I suppose it's disappointing we haven't seen her since but that's the make-up of Annie Power.
She's been a pleasure to have around the place. She could take a grip in a race but at Cheltenham and Aintree she showed just how powerful she was.
To ride any horse that can win so many races is great but she delivered on big days. She was a great stalwart to have in the place too. She will take a fair bit of replacing.