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Douvan delivers Arkle Trophy glory for Willie Mullins

Published 15/03/2016

Douvan is imperious in the Arkle
Douvan is imperious in the Arkle

Douvan made virtually all the running as he justified the status of a first-day banker with an effortless victory in the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham.

Vaniteux tried to put it up to the Willie Mullins hotpot at the second-last but made a bad mistake, giving Nico de Boinville no chance of staying in the saddle, while Baltimore Rock came down independently at the same fence when at the rear.

Ruby Walsh had barely moved a muscle on Douvan and the 1-4 shot, owned by Rich Ricci, bounded clear of the opposition to give connections quick compensation for the defeat of Min in the opening Supreme Novices' Hurdle.

The always-prominent Sizing John (9-1) was second, seven lengths adrift.

Ricci said: "He's just very good isn't he, he's very, very exciting. It's effortless, isn't it - he's got everything. He's certainly the best we've had."

Walsh said: "He was very good, very assured in his jumping. He only did what he had to do, really. He's very, very good in front. He jumped super and travelled really well.

"Willie is not a boisterous person, but he's never hidden the regard he holds this horse. He's an incredible horse."

Mullins said: "It's fantastic to get on the board. Hopefully he just keeps winning. He stays and settles. He did that little thing at the last, but it didn't seem to bother him. We think he could be anything."

Mullins hopes Douvan could end up competing at the very highest level in jumps racing, with distance options open.

He said: "We think he could be a Champion Chase horse or he could be a Gold Cup horse - we just don't know.

CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Racegoers arrive at the course during Ladies Day of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Owners cheer home Any Currency in The Glenfarclas Steeple Chase at Cheltenham racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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Female racegoers arrive for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 16, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Racegoers arrive at the course during Ladies Day of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Racegoers on Ladies Day at Cheltenham racecourse on March 16, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
A racegoer wearing a purple suit arriving for Ladies Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 16, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 15: BJ Cooper on The Game Changer and Noel Fehily on Baltimore Rock during the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeplechase during the Champion Day at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 15, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 15: Ruby Walsh celebrates after riding Annie Power to victory in the Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy Race on day one, Champion Day, of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 15, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Golfer and racehorse owner Lee Westwood celebrates with Ballyalton after victory in the Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase with jockey Brian Hughes (not pictured) during Champion Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2016. See PA story RACING Close. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 15: Racegoers enjoy the atmosphere on day one, Champion Day, of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 15, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Racegoers in vibrant dress during Champion Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PA
Ruby Walsh celebrates after riding Annie Power to victory in the Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy Race on day one, Champion Day, of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 15, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
A racegoer enjoying a small bottle of Moet champagne during Champion Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Golfer and racehorse owner Lee Westwood celebrates with Ballyalton after victory in the Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase with jockey Brian Hughes (not pictured) during Champion Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Ballyalton (right) ridden by Brian Hughes jumps the fence ahead of Aloomomo ridden by Gavin Sheehan (left) on his way to winning the Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase during Champion Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Golfer and racehorse owner Lee Westwood celebrates with Ballyalton after victory in the Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase with jockey Brian Hughes (not pictured) during Champion Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2016. See PA story RACING Close. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Golfer and racehorse owner Lee Westwood and his father John (left) celebrate with the trophy during the presentation ceremony for the Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase after Ballyalton wins with jockey Brian Hughes (not pictured) during Champion Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2016. See PA story RACING Close. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 15: Racegoers enjoy the atmosphere on day one, Champion Day, of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 15, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
A racegoer reacts during Champion Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Owner Rich Ricci and Susannah Ricci with Vroum Vroum Mag after winning the OLBG Mares' Hurdle during Champion Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh after Vroum Vroum Mag wins the OLBG Mares' Hurdle during Champion Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 15: Spectators show their support for jockey Ruby Walsh on day one, Champion Day, of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 15, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Trainer Willie Mullins during Champion Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 15: Racegoers watch the action during the Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy Race on day one, Champion Day, of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 15, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 15: Bookmakers boards at Cheltenham racecourse on March 15, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 15: A racegoer cheers home Annie Power at Cheltenham racecourse on March 15, 2016 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Racegoers enjoying a small bottle of Moet champagne during Champion Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Douvan ridden by Ruby Walsh after winning the Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase during Champion Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Winning jockey Ruby Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins (right) celebrate with the trophy after victory on board Annie Power in the Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy during Champion Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Chanelle McCoy (right), wife of Sir Tony McCoy arriving at the course with a friend (name not known) during Champion Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
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Zara Phillips (centre) during Champion Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Former Champion Hurdle winner Punjabi ridden by Rachael Kempster in the parade ring during Champion Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Jo (left) and Laura Mason from Malton in Yorkshire during Champion Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Jamie Redknapp during Champion Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Winning trainer Nicky Henderson (right) talks to Rich Ricci after the Sky Bet Supreme NovicesÄô Hurdle during Champion Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2016. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
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Jockey Tom Scudamore celebrates with Un Temps Pour Tout in the winners enclosure after victory in the Ultima Handicap Chase during Champion Day of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2016. See PA story RACING Ultima. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial Use only, commercial use is subject to prior permission from The Jockey Club/Cheltenham Racecourse. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

"I thought they were going too slow, but that was fine as he has got plenty of speed and I thought he had Vaniteux beaten a long way out.

"He can't do much more than that, but I don't think we'll be resting him. I've not got a clue where we go next, but usually we go back to Punchestown instead of Aintree."

Henry de Bromhead said of Sizing John: "He travelled over to England really well, which was important, so we might think about Aintree and Punchestown."

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