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Published: 14:51 | 22/3/16

Annie to head to Aintree


Champion Hurdle winner Annie Power is to be aimed at the Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle.

Willie Mullins' eight-year-old defeated her male counterparts to become the first mare in 22 years to win the Champion Hurdle and she will take on the boys again in the April 7 feature at Aintree.

The decision to send the mare to the Champion paved the way for Vroum Vroum Mag to run in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle and she took the honours for Mullins and owner Rich Ricci.

While Annie Power is likely to head to Aintree, a decision on Vroum Vroum Mag's next target has yet to be made.

"Vroum Vroum Mag is in very good order and we'll most likely keep her for Punchestown, although she might get an entry at Aintree," Mullins told OLBG.com.

"As for Annie Power, I'm very pleased with how she's come out of her race at Cheltenham and we'll be looking at the Aintree Hurdle for her next.

"Limini was very impressive and she could run at Punchestown.

"The good thing is that Rich Ricci (owner) has no plans on retiring any of the three mares any time soon, so racing fans everywhere will get the chance to see them in action again next season."

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