Trainer Willie Mullins has announced that Douvan is on the easy list having been found lame recently.
Mullins reported that the eight year old has yet to be scanned, but it is likely he has suffered a small ligament tear or stress fracture.
Mullins said: “Douvan was lame the other morning when we pulled him out and I just sent him up to his usual vet. He informed me this morning that he is actually lame on his good leg.
“He had problems before on his near fore but he says he is actually sore on his other leg this time. He is going to x-ray and scan him today.
“There is nothing obvious that he can see on it. It might be a tiny ligament tear or small stress fracture but he can’t feel it with his hands so he will go through the usual tests.
“Obviously when any good horses goes lame, it is a concern but we will know in a day or two when all the tests are done. Hopefully it is only something that will keep him out for a few days.
“It is a pity as Rich [Ricci] was over last week and he was delighted by how he looked and the plan was to extend him out in trip this season. Hopefully it [the injury] is nothing too serious and he will be fine.”
The trainer also reported that his Stayers’ Hurdle winner Penhill, is unlikely to be seen before Christmas.
Mullins was upbeat about his exciting chaser Footpad, winner of all five races over fences, including the Arkle Trophy.
The horse could step up in trip for the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park, on Boxing Day.
Mullins stated: “Footpad can do anything from two miles to three. I am thinking that we will start him off over two miles and then let him out to two and a half and it is a possibility that we will stretch him out to three miles at Christmas for the King George.”