Annie Power misses Cheltenham

Annie Power has been ruled out of this season's Cheltenham Festival after suffering a leg injury, trainer Willie Mullins has announced.

Annie Power: Misses Cheltenham with leg injury

The popular nine-year-old brought the house down when breaking her Festival duck by becoming the first mare in 22 years to claim the Champion Hurdle at Prestbury Park last March, but has not been seen in competitive action since following up in the Aintree Hurdle last April.

Mullins revealed last week Annie Power was nearing a return to action, with a mares' hurdle at Punchestown on February 22 pencilled in as a potential comeback target and springboard to Cheltenham.

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However, he revealed on Wednesday morning she would miss the showpiece meeting.

Mullins said: "She's picked up a leg injury and is going to miss the Cheltenham Festival."

Bookmakers Sky Bet responded by making Faugheen the new even-money favourite in their non-runner no-bet market ahead of his intended return this weekend in the Irish Champion Hurdle.

Christmas Hurdle winner Yanworth is a 7/2 chance, ahead of Petit Mouchoir at 5/1.

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