Annie Power the latest star to miss Punchestown Festival

Vroum Vroum Mag declared for Friday’s Champion Hurdle instead of stablemate

Annie Power will miss Punchestown. Photograph: Getty

Annie Power will miss Punchestown. Photograph: Getty

 

Vroum Vroum Mag is one of six declarations for Friday’s Betdaq Punchestown Champion Hurdle, with fellow Willie Mullins inmate Annie Power a noticeable absentee.

Annie Power claimed the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham as well as the Aintree Hurdle at the Grand National meeting and had been due to try to bring up the hat-trick on the fourth day of the Punchestown Festival.

However, Vroum Vroum Mag, who was taken out of a race at Sandown at the 12th hour last Saturday, will now represent Mullins and owner Rich Ricci.

One man who will be glad of Annie Power’s absence is Nicky Henderson, as his My Tent Or Yours chased her home at Cheltenham after a two-year absence and also filled the runner-up spot behind her at Aintree.

Henry de Bromhead will be looking for a better display from Identity Thief after the Fighting Fifth winner disappointed at Cheltenham.

Mullins also runs Sempre Medici while Tony Martin’s Ted Veale and Willie Treacy’s Fethard Player complete the field.

Meanwhile Jer’s Girl, a Grade One winner at Fairyhouse a month ago, bids to follow-up in the Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle on Friday.

The four-year-old, trained by Gavin Cromwell and sporting the JP McManus colours, took the step up to two and a half miles in her stride as she romped home by 13 lengths in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final.

Her eight rivals are headed by the Mullins-trained pair of A Toi Phil and Thomas Hobson while the Henderson-trained O O Seven is the sole British challenger.

Noel Meade has an interesting contender in Disko, who has had a couple of niggly problems since opening his account over jumps with a 29-length saunter at Naas in November.

Stephen Mahon’s Champagne Harmony gets his chance after getting off the mark by 17 lengths at Thurles last month.

Also in the mix are the Mouse Morris-trained Baily Cloud, Jessica Harrington’s Jett and Lift The Latch from the Tony Martin team.

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