Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Douvan Backed As Punters Aim for Festival Flyer

It’s one-way traffic in William Hill’s new ‘Guaranteed Return’ Supreme Novices’ Hurdle market, with Douvan heavily backed as the firm launched their biggest ever Cheltenham offer.


Douvan has been smashed across all William Hill channels since the offer launched at 8.30am, with customers knowing that whatever their selection for the race, if it doesn’t win then their bets will be refunded as a free bet*.


As a result, William Hill have cut the odds to 6-4 from 7-4 for Douvan to win the Supreme.  


Speaking to William Hill TV about Douvan, Willie Mullins said: “Douvan has done everything we’ve ever asked him. Any bit of work he’s done, he’s done it well. We’ve brought him to the track twice, he’s done it well. I know Cheltenham is left handed and undulating but I think that will suit him better. I think he’ll love that stiff climb to the finish.”


“He’s a Champagne Fever type of horse, he’s angular and tall and immature, whereas Vautour was big but strong. This fellow, he’s more like Mikael D’Haguenet, he’s a big, angular type of individual.”


William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke said: “Douvan is easily the best-backed horse in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and could be a costly result, particularly as we’ll also be refunding all losing bets on the race.”


Supreme Novices Hurdle – Guaranteed Return & NRMB & Best Odds Guaranteed:

6-4 Douvan, 4-1 L’Ami Serge, 9-1 Jollyallan, 12-1 Nichols Canyon, Shaneshill, 14-1 Qewy, 16-1 Alvisio Ville, Tell Us More, 20-1 Parlour Games, Seedling, 25-1 Bentelimar, Black Hercules, Outlander, Silver Concorde, Sizing John, Some Plan, 33-1 Cardinal Walter, Golantilla, Jolly’s Cracked It, Kalkir, Karezak, McKinley, On Tour, 40-1 Aso, Beast Of Burden, Commissioned, Dabadiyan, Dicosimo, Vago Collonges, 50-1 All Hell Let Loose, Aminabad, Chieftain’s Choice, Max Dynamite, Phil’s Magic, Sub Lieutenant, The Grey Taylor, Velvet Maker, 66-1 Arzal, Boru’s Brook, Laser Hawk, Okotoks, Zip Top, 100-1 Hold The Line, Kiama Bay, Nathans Pride, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3)


  • Guaranteed return on the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
  • Money back as a free bet if your win or each-way bet doesn’t come in
  • Offer is for all customers – both new and existing


Willie Mullins discusses Douvan’s chances in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle with William Hill TV:




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*Losing bets on the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle will be returned as a free bet, up to a value of £25 on mobile/online and up to £10 money back as a free bet in retail. Terms & Conditions apply.