Willie Mullins believes Douvan (12/1 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup) is living up to the hype and the Cheltenham Gold Cup hopeful will be formidable over two miles in the races to come.

Victory in the Paddy Power Cashcard Chase at Leopardstown on Tuesday was the talented runner’s 13th consecutive success and now all eyes are on what Douvan could potentially achieve at Prestbury Park in March.

Mullins has been delighted with Douvan’s form and feels the six-year-old could be one of the best horses he has ever trained.

He was quoted by Sky Sports as saying: “He would be potentially the best steeplechaser or horse we’ve had. It’s hard to see us having one better than Hurricane Fly, but he never jumped a fence.

“I’m hoping this fellow will do more over fences than anything we’ve ever had. He has huge potential.

“I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he stays sound and we’ll stay on the two-mile route as long as we can anyway.

“If we decide to go up in trip that will be another day’s work. I’ve no interest in even thinking about it this season. As far as I’m concerned we are on the two-mile route this year.

If Douvan was to run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup he would be potentially up against some tough competition with the likes of King George VI Chase winner Thistlecrack (5/4 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup) and Welsh Grand National champion Native River (10/1) tipped to feature.

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