Douvan to face just three rivals in Tied Cottage
Douvan will bid to extend his winning sequence to 14 in the Grade 2 BoyleSports Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown on Sunday when he will face just three rivals.
The hot favourite for the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase is 1-14 with Paddy Power to register a ninth success over fences and his biggest threat, Smashing, is officially rated 18lb inferior to him. The quartet is completed by Realt Mor and Draycott Place.
Paddy Power have formed a market on how far Douvan will win by and make him just 13-8 to win by 20 lengths or more. He is 5-4 to win by under 14 lengths and 4-1 to win by 14-19 lengths inclusive.
There could be some clues on offer for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle in the opening 2m Listed novice hurdle as the unbeaten Cilaos Emery from the Willie Mullins stable takes on stable companion Camelia De Cotte. Also in the line-up is the Gordon Elliott-trained Mick Jazz, who is a leading fancy for Next Saturday's Betfair Hurdle at Newbury.
Last year's winner Bonny Kate is back for more in the racinguk.com/freetrial Grand National Trial Handicap Chase and she will finally get her favoured conditions under Sean Flanagan.
Bonny Kate will face 14 opponents, including three from the Elliott stable – Roi Des Francs, Captain Von Trappe and Riverside City.
The seven-race card begins at 1.30 and the going is currently soft to heavy.