Trainer Willie Mullins has confirmed the 2016 Champion Hurdle winner Annie Power has been retired.
The nine-year-old has struggled with injuries and had not raced since last year’s Aintree Hurdle win.
Mullins’ stable star is now in foal to the 2012 Derby winner Camelot and connections have decided not to risk her after discussing various options.
She became the first mare in 22 years to win the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham last year and Mullins says Annie Power will now enjoy her retirement.
He told the Racing Post: “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.
“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.”
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