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Douvan possible for Punchestown

Willie Mullins has identified an opportunity at Punchestown later this month as a possible next port of call for Supreme Novices' Hurdle favourite Douvan.

The five-year-old French recruit shot to the head of the betting for the traditional Cheltenham Festival curtain-raiser after annihilating his rivals in a maiden hurdle at Gowran Park in November and is set for a step up in class on his next start.

Mullins did give his charge an entry in this weekend's 32Red Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown and also at Naas on Sunday, but has elected to stay at home.

He said: "There is a Listed race at Punchestown later in the month that we might aim for."

Douvan's form got a major boost over Christmas when his 12-length Gowran victim Sizing John landed the Grade One Paddy Power Future Champions Hurdle at Leopardstown.

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