Douvan rules supreme for Mullins

Douvan rules supreme for Mullins

Douvan gave Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh the perfect start to the four-day Cheltenham Festival when running out a smooth winner of the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

Walsh brought the 2-1 favourite to lead before the final flight and Douvan bounded up the hill to score by four and a half lengths.

Mullins was also responsible for runner-up Shaneshill (9-1), with Henry de Bromhead’s Sizing John (25-1) giving Ireland a clean sweep by finishing third, another two and a half lengths away.

Some Plan led until after three out, where Sizing John went on but was soon surrounded by the Mullins battalion, led by Douvan.

It was the third successive win in the race for Mullins, Walsh and owner Rich Ricci.

Walsh said: “That’s the pressure off. He was very keen and took a good hold of me all the way.

“You’d imagine he’d improve. He’s a gorgeous horse and it’s brilliant to be here.”

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