Douvan has been confirmed to run in Wednesday’s Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival this week, after trainer Willie Mullins was torn over whether to field him on Wednesday or in Thursday’s Ryanair Chase.
Mullins was reportedly undecided on which race would be best for Douvan to run but he has now chosen the Champion Chase, which should set up an interesting competition with the eight-year old set to go up against Altior and Min.
Douvan will be ridden by Cheltenham Festival’s most successful jockey, Ruby Walsh, in what will be Douvan’s first race since last season’s Champion Chase, having been out injured after sustaining a pelvic injury.
As reported by the Racing Post, Willie Mullins had this to say on the decision to choose the Champion Chase.
We discussed things last night. Ruby has been very happy with Douvan in recent days and was keen to ride him in the Champion Chase rather than in the Ryanair.
That made my mind up where to run him and Rich Ricci was happy with that.
The Rich Ricci owned horse is currently second favourite with many bookies behind Altior, with the odds currently at 10/3 (SkyBet)