Envoi Allen Poised for an Exciting Christmas Outing at Leopardstown!
In a thrilling display of horse racing action at Down Royal last Saturday, Envoi Allen faced a narrow defeat that left fans on the edge of their seats. The three-times Cheltenham Festival winner showcased his talent but fell short against Gordon Elliott’s duo, Gerri Colombe and Conflated.
Spectators witnessed an intense battle as Envoi Allen initially held the advantage over his opponents while defending his Ladbrokes Champion Chase title. However, Jack Kennedy’s remarkable effort aboard Gerri Colombe in the dying strides turned the tables and brought an agonizing defeat to Henry de Bromhead’s nine-year-old superstar.
Owning Cheveley Park Stud, this impressive gelding might continue competing at three miles with a potential run in the Savills Chase during Christmas time. However, all eyes are set on Cheltenham in spring where he aims to repeat his heroics from the Ryanair Chase.
“Despite our loss at Down Royal due to a slight stumble at the last jump, I thought Envoi Allen ran exceptionally well,” expressed De Bromhead. “Rachael Blackmore gave him an amazing ride; we were so close to victory! It was great to witness such improvement since Gowran.”
De Bromhead continued: “We might consider running him in the Savills Chase before ultimately aiming for another triumph in the Ryanair.”
Minella Indo: A New Challenge Beckons After Disappointing Fourth Place
In another surprising turn of events at Down Royal, Henry de Bromhead’s 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Minella Indo, struggled and ended up in a distant fourth place. With this unexpected setback, new possibilities arise for the talented horse.
De Bromhead shared his thoughts on future plans for Minella Indo: “We might need to reassess our goals with him. The Maloneys (owners) will be consulted before we finalize any decisions. We are considering options such as Cross Country and Grand National races.”
This change in direction could lead to exciting opportunities for the champion horse, providing fresh challenges outside of traditional racecourses.