Douvan completes Cheltenham prep in style - The Gambling Times

Douvan completes Cheltenham prep in style

  • Douvan on course for Champion Chase

The brilliant Douvan completed his preparations for the Cheltneham Festival with a comfortable win in the BoyleSports Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown.

Ruby Walsh never got out of second gear on the brilliant seven-year-old chaser, who went off at 1/14 and trainer Willie Mullins was delighted to see him return home unscathed.

“He’s deadly. I gave him a squeeze at the back of the second-last and he jumped out through the bridle. He won as he liked – probably as you’d expect him to win,” said Walsh after taking the win.

“I’d suppose it’s the old adage – the better horse you ride, the faster they go and the easier it is to ride them. He just has a huge amount of natural ability he’s a pleasure to ride.”

Douvan remains a short price favourite to take the Champion Chase and Mullins was delighted: “I’m relieved that’s over. He’s probably not showed anything that he hasn’t showed us before.”

We spoke to one of’s racing experts – leading bloodstock agent Paddy Barry – who was impressed with the display of Douvan, even if we all expected it.

“He jumped like a stag”

“He did what we pretty much expected, but he jumped like a stag! And he did it all in second gear. He has to be a certainty for Cheltenham.”

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