Press Association Douvan spearheads a potential 17-strong field for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival next Tuesday. Mullins could also be represented by Alvisio Ville, McKinley, Nichols Canyon, Outlander, Shaneshill and Tell Us More. Just behind Douvan in the betting is the Nicky Henderson-trained L’Ami Serge and Harry Fry’s Jollyallan, and they, too, have stood firm at the confirmation stage. Seedling and Qewy are quietly fancied by some and are likely to represent Warren Greatrex and John Ferguson respectively. Irish interest is also spiked by the presence of two Tony Martin runners, Okotoks and Velvet Maker, Bentelimar from Shay Barry’s yard and the Henry de Bromhead-trained Sizing John. Aso and Some Plan complete the list at this stage. Willie Mullins’ five-year-old will be a popular winner of the opening race of the meeting as he is one of a clutch of hot favourites for the County Carlow handler. Douvan has excelled in two starts since his transfer from France, having won with ease at Gowran before claiming Grade Two honours at Punchestown in January.