Willie Mullins has confirmed Douvan will not run over the Christmas period due to injury.
The nine-year-old chaser returned from an absence of just under 600 days in November to win the Clonmel Oil Chase in majestic fashion at Clonmel.
Douvan was set for a tilt in the Paddy Power-sponsored two-mile Grade One at Leopardstown over Christmas, but his name did not feature among the entries.
Mullins confirmed that he suffered a bad reaction after the Clonmel Oil Chase and is set to be ruled out until the New Year.
"Douvan didn't come out of his race well, but it's not the problem he had before. It's a back-end problem and he must have hit a fence in Clonmel," said Mullins.
"He's going to miss Christmas, but hopefully will be back after that."
It means yet more disappointment for Douvan after establishing himself as a winning machine three years ago.
He won races at Aintree and Cheltenham but injuries have befallen him recently and he has only run three times since March 2017.
Article Posted on Sunday 8th December 2019 @ 17.55
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