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Published: 14:45 | 15/3/16

Douvan too good in Arkle


Douvan enhanced his already lofty reputation by making virtually all of the running to record an easy win in the Racing Post Arkle Trophy.

The seven-year-old had long been at the head of the to follow in the footsteps of Un de Sceaux by winning the Grade 1 and he was eventually sent off as the 1-4 favourite.

He settled well for Ruby Walsh and barely put a foot wrong as he stretched his rivals as the two-mile feature progressed. Vaniteux threatened briefly but Walsh had yet to ask for an effort and when he did the result was never in doubt.

Vaniteux crashed out at the penultimate fence, hampering The Game Changer and Sizing John in the process, to leave Douvan well clear and galloped away to win by seven lengths.

"He was very good, very assured in his jumping. He only did what he had to do, really," Walsh said. "Willie is not a boisterous person, but he's never hidden the regard he has for this horse. He's an incredible horse."

Willie Mullins missed out on a fourth successive win in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle when Min finished second and he was pleased to get his first winner of the Festival.

"It's fantastic to get on the board. Hopefully he just keep winning. We think he could be anything," he said.

Sizing John took second for the fourth time in his career, while Fox Norton finished well to take third.

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