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Douvan punted for the Cheltenham Festival after winning return

Douvan's odds of winning at the Cheltenham Festival have been slashed, following his stunning return win in the Clonmel Oil Chase on Thursday.

The nine-year-old was coming off a 569-day break but looked in rude health as he won under Paul Townend with ease.

He was 33/1 for the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival but after crossing the line he has been cut into as short as 7/1.

With punters unsure where Willie Mullins’ horse may go they have also been quick to get their money down for the Champion Chase too.

Again, he was 33/1 but is now as short 10/1 for the big chase on the second day of the Festival.

He was hammered in late in the betting today with money pouring in for the eight-time Group One winner and he ended up going off at an SP of 4/5.

Oddschecker spokesperson Callum Wilson: "It was hard not to be impressed with his engine as he ran away with the contest. His jumping was not entirely fluent but that would be expected after such a long layoff.

"He should only improve for today and racing fans will be licking their lips at the thought that Douvan could get somewhere back to his scintillating best."
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