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Mystical Power: Cheltenham Favorite After Punchestown Win

Mystical Power: Cheltenham Favorite After Punchestown Win

On January 14, 2024, Mystical Power, Annie Power's first foal, became the favorite for Cheltenham's Supreme Novices Hurdle after winning at Punchestown.

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Annie Power, an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse, specialized in hurdle racing and achieved significant success. She won 15 of her 17 races, including notable victories in races such as the Johnstown Novice Hurdle and the Mares Champion Hurdle. Annie Power was known for her speed and agility over hurdles.
Her first foal, Mystical Power, sired by the famous stallion Galileo, made a promising start to his career with a victory in his first race at Ballinrobe. This success suggested the potential for Mystical Power to follow in his mother's footsteps in the world of horse racing.

Mystical Power, a five-year-old by Galileo, was co-owned by Rich Ricci, JP McManus, and John Magnier. He hadn't raced since his July win at the Galway festival.

Racing at the back, Mystical Power surged ahead under jockey Mark Walsh, winning by seven lengths.

Paddy Power cut his odds to 9/2 favorite for the Cheltenham race, which his dam Annie Power had bypassed.

Assistant trainer David Casey praised Mystical Power's on-track performance and his ability to save his best for races.

Trainer Willie Mullins wasn't present, but plans for Mystical Power's future would be decided later.

Mystical Power's experience on heavy ground was a pleasant surprise, according to Frank Berry, racing manager for JP McManus.

Cheltenham's plans would depend on the horse's progress, and Mullins had another contender, Jeriko Du Reponet, to consider.

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