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Douvan, Min & Sceaux left in Champion Chase at Punchestown

Thu 25th Apr 2019, 14:28

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Douvan, Min and Un De Sceaux are all still in the mix for the BoyleSports Champion Chase on Tuesday.

A dozen horses have stood their ground for the two-mile showpiece on the opening day of the Punchestown Festival, with Willie Mullins holding a formidable hand.

Douvan has not been seen in competitive action since finishing second to stable companion Un De Sceaux when odds-on for this race a year ago.

Back in fourth that day was another Closutton inmate in Min, who returns following a scintillating display in the Melling Chase at Aintree.

Footpad and Great Field complete a Mullins quintet, while Tom George has confirmed 2016 winner God’s Own and Bun Doran.

Castlegrace Paddy (Pat Fahy), Doctor Phoenix (Gordon Elliott), Hardline (Elliott), Hell’s Kitchen (Harry Fry) and Ordinary World (Henry de Bromhead) are the other hopefuls.

Mullins also dominates the first Grade One of the week - the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle.

Supreme Novices' Hurdle hero Klassical Dream spearheads an eight-strong Mullins team that also includes Aramon and Quick Grabim.

A 12-strong field at this stage is completed by Nicky Henderson’s Champagne Platinum, Elliott’s pair of Felix Desjy and Vision D’Honneur and the Mouse Morris-trained Sams Profile.

There are also 12 remaining contenders for the Dooley Insurance Champion Novice Chase over three miles, including Cheltenham Festival heroes Defi Du Seuil (Philip Hobbs) and A Plus Tard (De Bromhead). Elliott’s Delta Work and the Mullins-trained Getabird also feature.