Douvan destroys rivals in Hilly Way romp

Magnificent Douvan destroys Hilly Way rivals By Tony McFadden 2:17PM 11 DEC 2016

Report: Cork, Sunday

Kerry Group Hilly Way Chase (Grade 2) 2m1f, 5yo+

DOUVAN extended his unbeaten record for Willie Mullins to 11 with a magnificent performance on his seasonal reappearance.

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Sent off as the 1-6 favourite for this Grade 2 contest, Douvan was fully expected to prove too good for his rivals, but the style of the victory was still impressive.

Paul Townend – deputising for Ruby Walsh who was at Punchestown to ride John Durkan winner Djakadam – sent the seven-time Grade 1 winner straight into the lead and, bar a mistake three from home, he put in an exhibition of jumping on his way to a 22-length success.

Days Hotel finished a never threatening second.

Douvan was already a short price for the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, but most bookmakers took the opportunity to trim the Rich and Susannah Ricci-owned star, who is now as short as 4-9 and no bigger than 8-13.

He is also entered in the 32Red King George VI Chase at Kempton on December 26 and remains a 10-1 shot with Paddy Power, though there has been no indication from connections that he will be stepped up in trip to tackle that three-mile contest.

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