Deadly Douvan dazzles again at Leopardstown

Douvan, yet again, did not put a foot wrong

PICTURE: Patrick McCann ( Deadly Douvan dazzles again at Leopardstown
By Mark Scully 1:25PM 27 DEC 2016

Report: Leopardstown, Tuesday

Paddy Power Cashcard Chase (Grade 1) | 2m1f | 5yo+

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THE brilliant Douvan dismissed his rivals with ease to continue his remarkable unbeaten run and further tighten his grip on the 2m chase division with a first open Grade 1 success in the Paddy Power Cashcard Chase.

Displaying once again his magnificent jumping, Douvan moved up to pass the long-time leader Alisier D'Irlande as the field made their way to the turn for home.

As expected, Douvan's four rivals were all hard at it by that stage and the Champion Chase favourite gave them no sniff of an upset as he cruised away on the bridle to land odds of 1-8. It was Sizing John, a 10-1 shot, who chased him home in second.

Paddy Power responded by trimming Douvan further still for March's Queen Mother Champion Chase, with the Willie Mullins-trained superstar now their 1-3 favourite.

"My heart skips a beat every time he goes down to a fence and gets a bit close to it," said Mullins. "When you have one like that, you hope it will go smoothly but then something stupid happens. Thankfully, nothing did today.

"I will just try to keep him sound and keep him well and hopefully the races will come for him."

On when racing fans might be treated to the next sighting of Douvan, Mullins added: "I don't plan these things. Hopefully he will be sound when we get home and then we will look. The Tied Cottage might be the race for him. We will look nearer to home rather than have to travel."

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