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Douvan set for Queen Mother Champion Chase showdown at Cheltenham

Douvan is set to take his chance in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

Douvan set for Queen Mother Champion Chase showdown at Cheltenham

Douvan is set to take his chance in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

Douvan
Douvan Picture:Pat Healy Photography

Trainer Willie Mullins and owner Rich Ricci had suggested on Sunday that they might avoid a clash with their other hope Min and wait for Thursday's Ryanair Chase.

However, he is among nine horses declared for the two-mile championship, setting up an intriguing clash with Altior - providing the latter gets the go-ahead to take part following a late scare.


Douvan Horseform does have a point to prove as he has been out of action since disappointing in this race 12 months ago, when sent off the 2-9 favourite.

Min heads to the Cotswolds on the back of an emphatic victory in the Dublin Chase at Leopardstown.

He has a score to settle with Altior, having been beaten seven lengths when they met in the Supreme in 2016.

Altior won last year's Arkle as well and Nicky Henderson's charge showed his well-being when he disposed of Politologue at Newbury last month. He had missed much of the season after undergoing a wind operation in the autumn, and suffered a setback on Monday when developing lameness in a leg.

Henderson is expected to make a decision on his participation on Tuesday.

Politologue, trained by Paul Nicholls, will renew rivalry with Altior if he gets the green light.

Last year's winner Special Tiara goes for glory again, with his trainer Henry de Bromhead also represented by Ordinary World. The field is completed by Ar Mad and Charbel,

The only withdrawal at the 48-hour final declaration stage was the Mullins-trained Un De Sceaux, who is set for the Ryanair.


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