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Ruby Walsh all praises for the retiring Annie Power

Rich Ricci owned the Willie Mullins-trained mare. After not being able to make it to the track last season, Annie Power was retired in foal to Camelot. Ruby Walsh is just glad that Annie is returning to the breeding shed unharmed. Annie won a Grade One as a Novice and the following year, she beat Zarkandar at Ascot and wasn’t beaten until her 11th run. She was beaten only two times in her career but other than that it was a stellar career. She came back very strongly last year to win a Champion Hurdle, displaying one of the best performances of her career. Walsh stated how well Annie Power repaid his faith time and again and stood up whenever the situation demanded. It is sad to see her retire and it is going to be a very difficult job to replace her.

 

Eminent to run in Investec Derby

Craven Stakes winner Eminent didn’t have the best of runs in the Qipco 2000 Guineas as he finished sixth. Trainer Martyn Meade felt that the slow pace didn’t suit Eminent. He has decided to skip Dante given how close it is to the Derby and is content with what he has seen at home since the Newmarket Classic. He strongly believes in Eminent to do well in the big one. He believes that the Qipco 2000 Guineas didn’t reflect Eminent’s true ability but is very optimistic about his chances in the big race. The trials have shown that there is nothing to be scared of. Martyn believes Eminent will adapt to the track and will be taken to Breakfast With The Stars.

 

Robbie Power on the sidelines after fracturing two ribs

It was absolutely disheartening to see the Cheltenham Gold Cup winning rider tumble off Woodland Opera at Kilarney on Monday. It was at the second-last fence in the Grade Three McSweeney Arms Hotel An Riocht Chase which was won by Ballycasey. Robbie fractured his two ribs on the right side from the horrible fall. The Irish Turf Club’s senior medical officer, Dr. Adrian McGoldrick declared that Robbie would be out for 2-3 weeks. It is disappointing given the form Power has been in. He won the Irish Gold Cup, Cheltenham Gold Cup, and Punchestown Gold Cup in the last few months. He also landed the Irish Grand National with Our Duke. Power explained how Woodland Opera had jumped the fence fine but it was his landing that was steep which resulted in this event. It was a pity considering Woodland had jumped very well till that point.

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