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Power set for Doncaster test

Willie Mullins is looking to give Annie Power more racecourse experience in the OLBG.com Doncaster Mares' Hurdle on Saturday.

The six-year-old is likely to be an important member of the champion Irish trainer's team for the Cheltenham Festival and already holds entries in the Stan James Champion Hurdle and the Ladbrokes World Hurdle as well as being a possible deputy for Quevega in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle there.

Bearing all possible future plans in mind, the County Carlow handler is leaning towards sending Rich Ricci's unbeaten six-year-old to Town Moor for the Grade Two contest over an extended two miles.

At this stage she is still in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle, in which Mullins also has Hurricane Fly and the highly-regarded Un de Sceaux.

Her two wins this season have been on this side of the Irish Sea at Ascot and at Cheltenham and at distances around two and a half miles. Saturday's race would be the first time she has tackled two miles since she defeated Defy Logic in a Grade Two novice hurdle at Naas last February.

"I think she'll go to Doncaster. It's a nice prize and hopefully will bring her on experience wise as well," said Mullins.

"We wouldn't have thought the drop back to two miles would be a problem."