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.
OSAGE — Mitchell County health officials confirmed over the weekend that a hospital health care employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19. A news release from the Mitchell County Department of Public Health says the Mitchell County Regional Health Center employee, who is not a resident of the county, was asymptomatic while working and is self-isolating at home. The employee will not return to work until completing the isolation in accordance with public health guidance. The release says Mitchell County is working closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health and the facility. Health Center CEO Shelly Russell says those who had close contact with the infected employee have been notified and clinics in Osage and St. Ansgar are still scheduled to be open today.