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Star jumper Douvan slashed for Ryanair Chase after impressive comeback win at Clonmel

, Star jumper Douvan slashed for Ryanair Chase after impressive comeback win at Clonmel

DOUVAN’S odds for Cheltenham Festival glory were slashed after an emphatic comeback win at Clonmel.

Willie Mullins’ star chaser made light work of a good field in the Clonmel Oil Chase, sending his price into free fall for the Ryanair Chase.

Douvan made a winning return on Thursday

The injury-plagued nine-year-old has only been seen twice since suffering a stress fracture to his pelvis in the Champion Chase in 2017.

He was punted off the boards into 4-5 favourite on his return from a 569-day absence on Thursday, and the result rarely looked in doubt.

Jockey Paul Townend gunned him into the fifth last fence and the eight-time Grade 1 winner responded with a massive leap into the lead, a move which proved race-winning.

He was even able to afford an iffy jump at the last as he coasted across the line to beat Jett (16-1) by nine and a half lengths. Monalee (9-4) was a disappointing third.

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