11 Facts About Douvan


Douvan is a French-bred, Irish-trained Thoroughbred racehorse who competes in National Hunt racing.

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Douvan was originally trained in France before moving to Ireland in the summer of 2014.

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Douvan is a bay gelding bred in Oise, France by the Haras de la Faisanderie.

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Douvan was sired by Walk in the Park who finished second in the 2005 Epsom Derby and later became a successful National Hunt sire in Ireland.

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Douvan's dam Star Face was a descendant of the Irish broodmare Minnewaska, making her a distant relative of Ack Ack, Sham and Tom Rolfe.

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Douvan began his racing career in the ownership of Francois-Xavier Chaussonniere and was initially trained in France by Philippe Peltier.

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On his racecourse debut, Douvan finished second to Konig Dax in a hurdle race over 1600 metres at Saint-Malo on 14 May 2014.

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Ridden by Ruby Walsh, Douvan was not among the early leaders as the outsider Some Plan set the pace before making steady progress from the third last hurdle.

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Douvan took the lead approaching the last and drew away on the run-in to win by four and a half lengths from Shaneshill.

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Douvan led for most of the way and recovered from some jumping errors to pull away from his rivals after the last and win by eighteen lengths.

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Douvan quickly went clear and survived a mistake at the last to win by seven lengths from his old rival Sizing John.

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