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Published: 19:08 | 16/2/16

Hood for Annie Power

Eight-year-old will wear hood at Punchestown

Annie Power will be sporting a hood for the first time in public when she returns to action at Punchestown on Wednesday.

The Willie Mullins-trained eight-year-old suffered a fall at the last fence in last year's OLBG Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham, although she did return with a win at the Punchestown Festival in May.

However, this will be her first run since then, with plenty of interest in how she will fare ahead of her outing in the Mares' Hurdle at Prestbury Park next month. Connections have even suggested that she could go in the World Hurdle two days later, a race that she almost won two years ago.

"It will be good to see her back and this gives us a chance to get a run into her before a return trip to Cheltenham, all being well," Joe Chambers, racing manager for owner Rich Ricci, said.

"She's been wearing a hood at home for the last while, but this will be the first time she's worn it on the track and we'll see what effect it has. We're hoping it will help her relax.

"She's won around Punchestown a couple of times before, so she likes the track and we'll see what happens."

As regards choices for Cheltenham, Chambers wasn't giving too much away, however, adding: "Let's get tomorrow out of the way first. Cheltenham is still four weeks away."

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