Douvan gave Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh the perfect start to the four-day Cheltenham Festival when running out a smooth winner of the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle.
Walsh brought the 2-1 favourite to lead before the final flight and Douvan bounded up the hill to score by four and a half lengths.
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Jockey Tony McCoy today announced he is to retire from racing at the end of the season.
Just minutes after Mr Mole gave McCoy his 200th winner of the season as Sire De Grugy unseated three out in an incident-packed Betfair Price Rush Chase at Newbury, the champion jockey told Channel 4 Racing of his intention to stop riding.
Not seen since following up his Champion Chase success at Sandown last April, the Gary Moore-trained Sire De Grugy was sent off at odds-on but made a bad mistake four from home before parting company with Jamie Moore at the next.
That left a simple task for Mr Mole, who will test his credentials at the top level in the two-mile championship next month.
All that was overshadowed, however, when McCoy revealed his retirement plan.
"It's going to be the last time I ride 200 winners," he said.
"Having spoken to Dave (Roberts, agent) and JP McManus, I am going to be retiring at the end of the season."
McCoy said: "I want to go out at the top, I want to go out as champion jockey and it will be my 20th year if I can win the jockeys' championship."
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Irish Flat jockey Danny Grant has been suspended for six months after he failed a drugs test at the Curragh on March 23.
Grant was officially handed a two-year riding ban by the Irish Turf Club, but the last 18 months of the disqualification period was suspended under the assumption he does not fail another test.
He must also remain available for further drugs testing during the entirety of the suspension.
Grant tested positive for metabolites of cocaine at the Curragh on the first day of the Flat turf season in Ireland.
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Two horses have died following the Melbourne Cup in Australia, including the favourite Admire Rakti.
The Japanese horse finished last in the race - won by Protectionist - and died soon afterwards.
Admire Rakti was carrying the top weight of 58.5kg and visibly tired. Once he return to his stalls he looked clearly agitated and soon his team had covered his stall with a protective screen.
It was also confirmed that Araldo had been put down after suffering a fracture to his leg.
"It is with sadness that we confirm Araldo has had to be humanely euthanised as a result of the injury it suffered in a freak accident following the Emirates Melbourne Cup," said Dr Brian Stewart, RV Head of Veterinary & Equine Welfare,
"The owners made the decision to humanely euthanise Araldo in the best interests of the horse."
A racehorse owned by the Queen has been stripped of its second place finish in this year's Ascot Gold Cup following a positive drugs test.
Estimate was one of eight horses to test positive for morphine in July, a substance which has since been traced back to a batch of contaminated feed.
A British Horseracing Authority (BHA) disciplinary hearing ruled that trainer Sir Michael Stoute had in fact taken sufficient measures to prevent the incident from happening, and decided against imposing a fine.
Estimate finished as runner-up to Leading Light in the Gold Cup, having won the same race in 2013.
The £80,625 prize for second place will now be handed to Missunited, who originally finished third in the race.
A leading Irish racehorse trainer had one kilo of anabolic steroids in his stables when veterinary inspectors carried out a raid, a court has heard.
Philip Fenton is facing eight charges over treatments and medicines allegedly found at his yard, South Lodge, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, in January 2012.
Among the substances was the quantity of steroid Nitrotain, a 20ml bottle of a second performance enhancing drug, Ilium Stanabolic, a counterfeit antibiotic and medicines held without prescription, the court heard.
Fenton's trial will take place at Carrick-on-Suir District Court on October 23.
No plea has been entered.