Cheltenham Festival Day Two: Douvan to become a Prestbury Park legend

Jockey Ruby Walsh will ride Douvan in the Champion Chase. Photo credit: David Davies/PA Wire. PPP-170314-115359001
Jockey Ruby Walsh will ride Douvan in the Champion Chase. Photo credit: David Davies/PA Wire. PPP-170314-115359001
Runners and riders compete in the 16:50 JT McNamara National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders' Novice Chase during Champion Day of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. PPP-170315-121919001

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Trainer Willie Mullins Picture: David Davies/PA Wire

Cheltenham Festival Day One: King charge looks right play in the Champion

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THE Cheltenham Festival continues this afternoon and all eyes will be on one horse.

Douvan has forged himself a stellar reputation and bids to win at the Festival for the third consecutive year in today’s feature, the Champion Chase (3.30pm)

Willie Mullins’ stablestar will not be a price punters can make money from but instead will likely produce a performance that will write him into Prestbury Park history.

The son of Walk In The Park is unbeaten throughout his career and is like an aeroplane at his fences.

God’s Own chased home Douvan in the Arkle last year.

The nine-year-old always comes alive in the spring and is a multiple Grade One winner in his own right and looks the each-way bet.

The opening race of the day is the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle and Neon Wolf looks a solid favourite. Harry Fry’s charge ran out an impressive winner at Haydock last time out and he’s only going to improve for today’s contest.

In the RSA Novices’ Chase (2.10pm) Acapella Bourgeois shouldn’t be underestimated. He was given the run of the race at Navan last time where he won by 32-lengths but he attacked his fences with plenty of intent and never looked like tiring at the line.

The Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (2.50pm) can often be a head-scratcher and there’s always plenty of value in the betting. Hargam steps up to the two-miles-and-five-furlong trip for the first time and he should relish the increased distance.

Third in the Triumph Hurdle a few years ago, Nicky Henderson’s six-year-old has dropped to a handicap mark of just 140, over a stone lower than what he was at the beginning of the season.

Tips for each race

1.30 - Neon Wolf

2.05 - Acapella Bourgeois each-way

2.50 - Hargam each-way

3.30 - God’s Own each-way

4.10 - Cantlow

4.50 - Divin Bere

5.30 - Cause Toujours