Annie Power’s first foal makes winning start

From the very beginning, Mystical Power was destined to captivate the racing world’s unwavering gaze. Born as the first offspring of the esteemed equine icon, Annie Power, a mare revered for her exceptional track prowess, and sired by Galileo, a stallion that shaped the breed, his life promised to be a fascinating journey.

On a momentous Monday, Mystical Power embarked on his maiden voyage on the Ballinrobe track (7.30pm). Anticipation loomed, evident in the 2-5 starting price, but he triumphed with several lengths to spare, guided by the skilled jockey Patrick Mullins.

The renowned green and gold silks of JP McManus adorned him, as he was bred by the esteemed Annie Power Partnership, an ownership group that included the influential figures of the Magniers and the Riccis, who had previously raced his remarkable dam. Under the tutelage of the accomplished trainer Willie Mullins, who expertly steered Annie Power to victory in 15 of her 16 completed starts, including a glorious Champion Hurdle conquest, Mystical Power carried the hopes of a successful lineage.

Patrick Mullins, a 15-time champion amateur jockey, also had the privilege of riding Annie Power when she embarked on her racing career back in August 2012. Reflecting on those early days, Mullins recalled that her initial triumph was far from remarkable.

“She made her debut in Galway under Jim [Bolger], and it wasn’t the most impressive performance. She had to give her all to secure the win, but she improved tremendously through experience,” he recollected, speaking of Mystical Power’s dam.

Mullins celebrated victory with Annie Power on each of the four occasions they joined forces. Their successful collaboration included two bumpers during her time with Bolger, as well as a bumper and hurdle following her transition to Closutton. Mullins expressed confidence in Mystical Power’s potential, believing he possesses the qualities necessary for a prosperous racing career.

“Physically, he doesn’t resemble her much, but she was a truly unique mare. He has displayed continuous improvement throughout the winter, and now he’s primed for action. I believe he has the capability to secure victories,” Mullins asserted ahead of Mystical Power’s debut.

While living up to the illustrious lineage will undoubtedly present a long-term challenge for Mystical Power, past experiences have demonstrated that exceptional race mares occasionally produce offspring of the highest caliber, as witnessed in the renowned Closutton stables.

“We are thrilled to have the progeny of Quevega and now Annie Power within our yard,” Mullins expressed his excitement. “It’s a tremendous prospect to have him here, along with the presence of a Galileo. We anticipate the arrival of a few more talented individuals in the future, which adds to the thrill. Hopefully, he can contribute to the success of her broodmare career.”

Awaiting their turn are Mystical Power’s three-year-old full-brother, as well as two-year-old and yearling colts sired by Camelot. Last year, Annie Power was covered by Walk In The Park, the sire of Quevega’s Grade 1-winning son Facile Vega. Although the timing of the visit to Grange Stud suggests a late season encounter, the arrival of her Camelot yearling on May 2 hints at the potential for future accomplishments.

Annie Power, a triumphant five-time winner at the highest level, heralds from an exceptional German lineage that has achieved global acclaim. Her second dam, Anna Paola, emerged victorious in the Preis der Diana and established a dynasty in the breeding realm. This dynasty has produced a host of Group 1 winners, including Anna Monda, Ave, Billesdon Brook, Epaulette, Helmet, and National Defense, showcasing the family’s global dominance.


Annie Power’s first foal makes winning start

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