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    Douvan entered on Sat in the Red Mills. He must be starting to please them. Would love if he ran this weekend but would doubt it

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingSprinterSacre View Post
    Douvan entered on Sat in the Red Mills. He must be starting to please them. Would love if he ran this weekend but would doubt it
    Unexpected to say the least! I would say it's doubtful just because the time scales were so tight for even getting him to Cheltenham. My last post in here said how I thought they would be discouraged to bring him back after Altiors last run but the comments in this suggest I was talking nonsense! That said I think it would be very hard to pitch him first time out in the Champion Chase against Altior so if they could somehow get a run out with him beforehand...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jono View Post
    Unexpected to say the least! I would say it's doubtful just because the time scales were so tight for even getting him to Cheltenham. My last post in here said how I thought they would be discouraged to bring him back after Altiors last run but the comments in this suggest I was talking nonsense! That said I think it would be very hard to pitch him first time out in the Champion Chase against Altior so if they could somehow get a run out with him beforehand...
    Would be very surprised if he ran. Mullins hasn't ruled it out, the weather in Ireland has been brutal the last few days. Bad ground and 2.5miles can't see it myself. Is there any other Grade 2 opportunity for him between now and the festival. Newlands Chase (G2 at Naas) is the only one I can see. It takes place on 25th of February which leaves just 17 days till the QMCC.

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    Yeah that's the last rave I have down before the festival

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    The Willie Mullins-trained eight-year-old was one of ten entries for the Grade 2 Red Mills Chase unveiled on Tuesday, and Mullins reported: "I decided to enter Douvan for Saturday but I'll wait a couple of days before deciding if he'll run. We're very happy with the way he's been working."

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    Anyone else think Mullins and Rocco have been pulling a fast one with Douvan all along?

    IF...and it is still an IF...Douvan runs in the Champion Chase, what happens to Min?

    OR...is Douvan the Willie Ryanair horse?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Ferof View Post
    Anyone else think Mullins and Rocco have been pulling a fast one with Douvan all along?

    IF...and it is still an IF...Douvan runs in the Champion Chase, what happens to Min?

    OR...is Douvan the Willie Ryanair horse?
    Them 2? Never.

    It's not as if they have a history of horses ending up in the Ryanair at the last minute.....

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    No matter where Douvan ends up he will have my money behind him.

    Incredible how everyone acts like he straight up lost - ignoring a pretty big injury - and acts like the last 3 years of dominance haven’t been a thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane fly View Post
    No matter where Douvan ends up he will have my money behind him.

    Incredible how everyone acts like he straight up lost - ignoring a pretty big injury - and acts like the last 3 years of dominance haven’t been a thing.
    .... really?

    Sprinter Sacre was far more dominate than Douvan but it took Sprinter a full season finishing Special Tiara and Dodging Bullets before he came back to winning races
    What makes you think mullins has Douvan back to working order? He’s been off a year and missed his initial come back day

    Faugheen pretty much in a similar position - appreciate Douvan is younger and some may say he has a more realistic chance of coming back on a mark closer to his best. But still, that’s a big ask

    Asking s horse to come back from a fairly significant injury, run once 3 weeks prior to the festival and then rock up to win it - hmmmmmm

    Altior wasn’t off as long as Douvan, and his recovery wasn’t dogged by complications. Even so, I expect Altior to run 3-4lbs below his best. I’d expect douvan to be even further back

    He has a lot to prove! Despite what he did back in 2016 and 2015

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    Part of it is Mullins has shown that he has no problem putting a horse away until he is 100% happy e.g Faugheen who they had revved up last year but never made it to a race course. I don’t think Douvan makes the festival unless they think he can run at 170+

    I don’t think you can compare Douvan and SS(SS Melling Chase win is still the most impressive performance I’ve ever seen) injuries, a broken bone and a heart problem are very different. Like I say though it just gripes me how pundits will say “until he lost” as if there wasn’t a perfectly good reason why he lost! I think he could end up an e/w price as Altior gets backed off the boards and I’d be happy to take on Altior if so.

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