Envoi Allen provides Cheltenham Festival glory for Cheveley Park Stud
Gordon Elliott blew a sigh of relief after the Cheveley Park Stud-owned Envoi Allen won the Group 1 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival this afternoon.
The six-year-old, who is now unbeaten in all eight of his career runs, beat stable-mate Easywork by four and a quarter lengths.
"He was our best chance of the week and everyone was here to see him," said Ireland-based Elliott.
"He is the people's horse and everyone wanted him to win. He is eight from eight now.
"I thought Davy (Russell, jockey) had given them too much lead coming down the hill but he knew the horse well – he does what he has to. The horse jumped and stayed.
"He stays, he jumps and was bought to be a three-mile chaser. I think that is what he is going to be, but we will have to discuss next season with his owners. We have a few nice novices, and this one will go to Punchestown.
Russell, who was riding a 23rd winner at the Festival, added: "Envoi Allen is just a marvellous horse and I am delighted to be associated with him. He has brilliant owners and a fantastic trainer – he is just a marvellous horse.
"We have always liked him and he was very professional at his hurdles. It was very dead ground, probably the worst he has encountered and it tested him."
Envoi Allen was given a 6/1 quote for next year's G1 Marsh Novices' Chase by bookmaker Paddy Power, who also quote him at 10/1 for the G1 RSA Insurance Novices' Chase and the G1 Racing Post Arkle Trophy.