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Monday 23 October 2017

CLOSUTTON'S BEST PROSPECTS

Willie Mullins will be hoping his battalion will start the way they mean to continue with Douvan in the first race.

"He could be one of the nicest horses we've ever taken to Cheltenham," he said.

Champagne Fever has won there twice and been beaten a short-head.

"You're going there with what could look an open enough Champion Chase and it might be the year to have a crack at it. If he doesn't do it this year, he's not going to do it next year."

Faugheen "is doing everything right" and after asking Ruby Walsh about jumping experience he "didn't feel he needed another run" ahead of the Champion Hurdle.

Hurricane Fly "has done everything that a clear favourite should. It's just his age. (But) It can be done at 11 (winning a third Champion Hurdle."

Don Poli "is very good" and Djakadam "probably has the best form of my three going into the Gold Cup."

Un De Sceaux "beat anything he has taken on and he's just the type of chaser you love to train."

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