The 2018 Cheltenham Festival is less than a month away. And now, the eight-year-old, Douvan, is ready more than ever to compete in one of the most prestigious horse racing events in the world. We all know how the story went out for the gelding.
Suffering a devastating injury during last year’s Cheltenham seemed like the end of his career. But this wasn’t the case as Mullins believed in his horse’s potential of full recovery sooner or later. And that’s just what happened.
Recent reports claim that Douvan has fully recovered from his injury. He is even included in the Grade Two feature, thanks to his good form. With this, it’s safe to say that he’s vying for a grand comeback at Prestbury Park a few weeks from now.
Patrick Mullins says that Douvan is already doing pretty great lately. And because of this, they decided to bring him straight to Cheltenham without going through any warm-up races to make adjustments.
This might sound a problem as any injured horse needs to go through a number of smaller races so that he won’t be surprised when the big day comes. It was a pelvic injury that put him on the sidelines for more than a year. But now that he’s back to peak form, it’s pretty likely that he’ll be up for the taking for this year’s Queen Mother Chase.
Initial reports last December crushed Douvan’s hopes of making it to the Cheltenham after show how weak he was in doing a series of home gallops. Fortunately, his recovery significantly sped up since then, and with it, showed that he could make it to Cheltenham for the fourth consecutive time.
Though there aren’t any official confirmations as to when Douvan will get back to racing or which race will he participate in, trainer Mullins says that they’re vying to get the gelding to race on the Champions Chase. The team is very happy with the horse’s progress, and they’re confident that he’ll showcase his racing prowess on the track.
However, it’s not a done deal for Douvan as he’s not the favorite in the Queens Mother Chase. In fact, he’s at the 4th spot of the betting game. Altior is the top favorite with strong 4/6 odds. Min then takes the second spot with 11/4, who’s succeeded by Douvan with 7/2 odds.
Nonetheless, he made it to the top three. But even if that’s the case, these other two horses have a ton of experienced tucked under their sleeves. Not to mention that they don’t have any serious or significant injuries over the past few months.
Meanwhile, Un de Sceaux gets the fourth spot with 13/2 odds. Fox Norton’s 8/1 succeeds him, while Politologue barely made it to the top five with his 10/1 odds. This year’s Cheltenham is UK’s biggest horse racing event, that’s why it’s very helpful for you to read a Cheltenham betting guide for UK punters before wagering on any of your chosen horses.
Take note that a horse racing tournament like this is known for making sudden changes to the odds, so you need to always be on the lookout for the latest updates.
Nonetheless, there’s no doubt that Douvan’s experience and proven track record of achievements are enough for him to dominate the Queens Mother Chase anyhow. Let’s just hope that he stays in peak health until the tournament comes.