Ruby Walsh steers Annie Power to Champion Hurdle glory at Cheltenham in 2016. Dan Sheridan/INPHO
One of a Kind

Incredible mare Annie Power is retired from racing

The five-time Grade 1 winner will not be returning to the track.

WILLIE MULLINS HAS confirmed that five-time Grade 1 winner Annie Power has run her last race.

It marks the end of a remarkable racing career for the nine-year-old, one of the best mares jumps racing has ever seen.

Annie Power is currently in foal to Camelot and speculation had been building in recent weeks that her national hunt career was over.

Speaking to The Racing Post, champion trainer Mullins has confirmed that the 2016 Champion Hurdle winner, the first mare to do so at Cheltenham for 22 years, will not race again.

“I discussed things with her owners over the weekend and we decided we were happy to let her retire and that we would not be sending her to France,” Mullins said of the remarkable mare that won 15 of 17 career races.

“She’s in foal to Camelot and doesn’t owe anyone anything. She retires with an outstanding record, winning all but two of her 17 races.

“She was a very special racemare and gave us many memorable days. Her Stan James Champion Hurdle win last year was definitely one of the highlights of my career as a trainer.”

Annie Power has struggled with injuries over the past 12 months and hasn’t raced since claiming an emphatic 18-length victory in last year’s Aintree Hurdle.

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