GBI RACING

Willie Mullins unfazed by prospect of Douvan and Min clash in Champion Chase

Douvan Willie Mullins would have no qualms about Douvan and Min taking each other on in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Speaking at Gowran Park, the champion trainer said he had no regrets about not running Douvan in the Red Mills Chase won by Our Duke and he will now head straight to the Cheltenham Festival.
Min has been in terrific form this season, winning at the Dublin Racing Festival having lost a Grade One in the stewards' room over Christmas.
"I've no regrets about not running, although when I worked him on the gallop this morning, myself and Ruby (Walsh) looked at each other and said 'should we be in Gowran' but we just said no, we were happy we'd made the right decision," Mullins told At The Races.
"If that (Red Mills) was anywhere else this weekend I wouldn't have entered him, it was just on the doorstep.A lot of people were wondering if it was because it was two and a half miles, but it hadn't even dawned on me it was two and a half miles, it wasn't three miles.
"I'd have no problem running Douvan over two and a half miles, it would be no bother to him.
"We (Rich Ricci, owner) spoke about the possibility of running him and Min in the Queen Mother and we said it would be a nice problem to have if it comes around.
"To me, the two of them are two-milers. Douvan is nicely on course for the race but Min is unbeaten this season so he has to go there.
"I can't see us putting Douvan in the Ryanair, so it's not ideal and an owner would like to divide his horses, but sometimes it's no harm having a reserve.
"That's their trip and, to me, that's what they should go for."

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