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Faugheen could target Punchestown with Douvan |  Race news

Willie Mullins will aim to have a possible last hurray with Faugheen and Douvan at the Punchestown Festival.

Both rose through the ranks at Cheltenham in their careers, with Faugheen winning what is now the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle in 2014 and the Champion Hurdle the following season.

Douvan clinched the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in 2015 and the Arkle a year later, but has been injured since losing in the 2017 Champion Chase.

Faugheen has been the busier of the two in recent seasons, finishing third at Ryanair in March, while Douvan was last seen winning the Clonmel Oil Chase in November 2019.

“They’re not going to Cheltenham, but I don’t have any good or bad news,” Mullins said.

“They’re both making warnings, and I and Rich (Ricci, owner of both) haven’t had a chance to talk about it yet.

“We’re going to watch Punchestown. If things are going on for Punchestown then it’s fine, but if it isn’t, we’ll have a great conversation then.”

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