Annie Power, ridden by Ruby Walsh, wins the Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle
Thankfully, The New One recovered quicky in the Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle, won by the Ruby Walsh-ridden Annie Power.
Annie Power reigned supreme as she followed up her Cheltenham exploits with a brilliant performance in the Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle at the Liverpool track.
The New One fell at the fifth flight, with the image below showing that the horse could have been in serious trouble. Thankfully, both horse and rider Sam Twiston-Davies got up quickly.
The New One suffered a horrific-looking fall at Aintree but recovered quickly
Emulating the mighty mare Dawn Run, who won both this race and the Champion Hurdle in the same season back in 1984, Annie Power was simply the best.
She was barely out of second gear for most of the race as Nichols Canyon set the pace.
Ruby Walsh sat motionless on the brilliant eight-year-old, trained by Willie Mullins, before she went on a long way from home.
Cheltenham second My Tent Or Yours tried to mount a challenge but was brushed aside before lack of stamina kicked in.
The 4-11 favourite went on to win as she liked by 18 lengths from My Tent Or Yours. Nichols Canyon, also trained by Mullins, was third as owner Rich Ricci chalked up his first winner at the course.
Walsh said: "She is dynamite. Paul (Townend) went a good gallop on Nichols Canyon and I was happy to follow him early on. He was jumping out to his right and I jumped by him at the last with a circuit to go.
"She let fly at one or two and she just has that in her and the tendency to be a bit brave. Between the last two I was afraid to look back, then I heard the commentator saying Annie Power is going clear.
"She is wonderful mare, she was fantastic at Cheltenham and she was as good today if not better."
Ricci said: "I think it is just her story. The fact her name has got great history to it. She was named after an Irish patriot. She was part of the revolution and establishment of the country. It's a nice story.
"I think the fact she fell at Cheltenham and came back for some redemption, that's what sport is brilliant in offering and it's my first winner here as well.
"We probably should have brought her to this race a couple of years ago instead of running in the World Hurdle, but I was keen on Cheltenham.
"Sport offers lots of things and redemption is one of the best. It's good for the game."
Mullins said: "That was only her third run of the season, so I thought she might have improved since Cheltenham, or at the very least she wouldn't have gone backwards.
"She came back well from Cheltenham and we've been very happy with the few bits of work she's done since then.
"We'll certainly have a look at Punchestown for her now, that's certainly all that would be left for her in Britain or Ireland."
Nicky Henderson said of My Tent Or Yours: "You could say on a line through Nichols Canyon we've stepped up from Cheltenham.
"He's run two very lucrative seconds since he's come back and think where we would be without Annie Power. I'd really be patting myself on the back!
"I wouldn't have thought he'll go to Punchestown. I think it was either here or there.
"I don't know what we'll do next season. We'll talk about that somewhere down the line."