Baker’s dozen for Douvan

Douvan won his 13th race from 13 starts for Willie Mullins when cruising to the Boylesports Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown.

Douvan winning the Tied Cottage

Ruby Walsh took the initiative from an early stage and his mount showed his customary brilliance to see off three rivals that were always up against it according to official ratings and the odds.

Douvan, the 1/3 favourite with Sky Bet for the Queen Mother Champion Chase, was sent off 1/14 and he didn't appear to come out of second gear as he warmed up for the Cheltenham Festival in style.

Realt Mor finished a distant second with Draycott Place third. Smashing, the only other runner, was pulled up at half way

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Walsh was more than satisfied with Douvan's effort, and was also pleased to see plenty of racegoers had turned out to see his mount in action.

He told At The Races: "He just sauntered along at the front at his own speed, did his own thing and I gave him a squeeze at the second last, he jumped right out of the bridle.

"He won as he liked – or how you would have expected him to really.

"He just has a huge amount of natural ability and is a pleasure to ride.

"Cork had a great crowd when he turned up there and then Leopardstown and here. He is a wonderful horse and it's great to see people coming out to watch him."

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