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Result: Annie Power falls, Glens Melody wins Mares' Hurdle

Glens Melody benefits from a fall by pre-race favourite Annie Power to win the Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Having finished second last year, Glens Melody went one better this time around to win the Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

However, the race will best be remembered for the fall suffered by Ruby Walsh on board pre-race favourite Annie Power.

The seven-year-old, who is trained by Willie Mullins, powered down the home straight and seemed to be heading for the anticipated routine victory, but she clipped the final fence, which sent her and Walsh crashing to the ground.

Glens Melody, ridden by Paul Townend and also a part of the Mullins yard, took full advantage as she pipped Polly Peachum on the line to claim the victory.

"I don't know why she did it. She was a bit far away [from the fence]. That's racing and that's what happens. At least Annie Power got up," Walsh, who has won three other races today, told Channel 4.

Although the fallen mare will still be assessed, it does not appear that a significant injury has been suffered, while Walsh also confirmed that he was fine.

The Harry Fry-trained Bitofapuzzle took third spot.

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