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ENVOI ALLEN: “Everything going well” with 2-time Festival winner, say connections

National Hunt fans will be excited for the return of Envoi Allen later in 2021

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2B6M6NJ Davy Russell aboard Envoi Allen (nearside) on their way to winning the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle during day two of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Envoi Allen is “fresh and well” according to Cheveley Park managing director Chris Richardson as the duel Cheltenham Festival hero prepares for a first full season with Gold Cup-winning trainer Henry de Bromhead.

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The former Gordon Elliot-trained gelding’s long unbeaten 12-race win streak came to a devastating end as he crashed out in the early stages in the Marsh back in March, before pulling up at the Punchestown Festival behind Colreevy and Monkfish.

WATCH: ENVOI ALLEN WAS A BRILLIANT WINNER OF THE 2020 BALLYMORE UNDER DAVY RUSSELL [CREDIT: RACING TV]

But connections have provided a positive update in the aftermath ahead of the winter spell, saying surgery on the son of Muhtathir for a chipped joint had gone well.

Speaking to Racing TV, Richardson said: “Everything has been going well since surgery and he’s enjoying his recuperation.

“He’s fresh and well, as far as we know, and we’re looking forward to Henry building him up for another exciting campaign.

Jack Kennedy (second right) celebrates on top of Minella Indo after winning the WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase during day four of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Picture date: Friday March 19, 2021.
Henry de Bromhead completed a remarkable Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and Gold Cup treble at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival

“We don’t really know when he might be starting off as, unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get over there for a while, but I am hoping to get there soon which I’m looking forward to.

“Richard Thompson is very involved and really enjoyed that part of the business with his father and he will be instrumental in taking it forward.”

The stud farm, often more associated with the flat, have enjoyed plenty of success since reverting to the National Hunt sphere, owning plenty of other top-class individuals including Ferny Hollow, Sir Gerhard, and Allaho.

Cheveley Park Stud have more than just Envoi Allen in their ranks over obstacles

Now stable-mate’s, the aforementioned seven-year-old Envoi Allen features in the top five of the Cheltenham Gold Cup market for next season’s renewal alongside A Plus Tard, who finished second in the race six months ago.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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