Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 15:05 Dornan Engineering Hurdle2m 4f 110y

  • Winner £15,640 2nd £4,620 3rd £2,310 4th £1,155
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 28.20s
  • Off time: 15:05:33
15:05 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Annie Power (IRE) 2/5

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1141-22 Red, pink hoop and armlets Zarkandar (IRE) 18
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 11-12 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 166 2/13.00
2 11111-1 Pink, Light Green spots, Pink sleeves and cap Annie Power (IRE) 39
Nag meDistance Winner
6 11-5 W P Mullins R Walsh 159 2/51.40
3 00/U1F-8 White, Royal Blue epaulets, White sleeves, Red spots, Royal Blue cap Empire Levant (USA) 18
Nag me
7 11-4 P F Nicholls Nick Scholfield 132 33/134.00

Verdict

ANNIE POWER was receiving 11lb when beating Zarkandar by five lengths at Ascot in November but took a long time to master the seven-year-old and her old rival is 4lb better here. He also has vital Cheltenham experience having won the Triumph Hurdle in 2011 and finished fourth to Hurricane Fly in last year's Champion Hurdle whereas Willie Mullins' mare will be seeing the HQ of National Hunt racing for the first time. But we're going to stick with Ruby Walsh's mount as she always seems to find more when required. Empire Levant is in as a pacemaker and is likely to be coming home in his own time.