Willie Mullins horse of a lifetime Douvan has had his fair share of issues over the last few years and after suffering another setback this season he is looking to get back on track for the Cheltenham festival.
The 10 year olds connections are very positive and optimistic that the chaser can be back in rude health and ready to go by March time with his obvious entry at the Cheltenham festival looking to be in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
The frequent Grade One winner came back in the Clonmel Oil Chase in November after a 569 day lay off, bumping into problem after problem over the last few seasons, but he made a winning return to the track in some style.
He did not come home well after the contest suffering another niggle which means he has not been seen since his impressive win in the Grade Two contest missing the busy Christmas schedule and he will also miss the Dublin Racing festival.
(Credit At The Races) Willie Mullins son Patrick said: “It’s possible he’ll go straight to Cheltenham. He wouldn’t run before it.
“If he makes Cheltenham great, if he doesn’t we’ll look for something after Cheltenham.
“We’re taking it week by week with him. He’s obviously very fragile, but he’s entered in Cheltenham and the plan is to get him to Cheltenham.
“He’s here in the yard, he’s been ridden out so we’re just stepping him up slowly. We’ve got a bit of time at the moment. We don’t have to press any buttons just yet. It’s so far, so good.”