Gordon Elliott-trained Envoi Allen leads the Cheltenham Festival charge for Cheveley Park Stud
The famous red, white and blue colours of Cheveley Park Stud have long been associated with big victories on the Flat, but now they could also be on parade in the winners’ enclosure at next week’s Cheltenham Festival.
Up until now, owners David and Patricia Thompson’s biggest success over fences was Party Politics’ victory at the 1992 Grand National.
However, their string of National Hunt horses has swelled to 22 in recent times and five of those may be in action at the famous Gloucestershire meeting.
Chris Richardson – Cheveley Park Stud’s managing director – said: “The Thompsons have always had an interest in National Hunt racing but the decision to switch to Cheveley Park’s more traditional colours is going to make it more visible.
“They love their racing as everyone knows and that is why there has been a significant rise in the number of National Hunt horses recently.
“Over the winter – apart from some lovely foals being born – there is no Flat racing for them to enjoy and so they have decided to expand and are very much enjoying it.
“Everybody dreams of winning at these type of big meetings, it gives you a huge buzz.
“The family has been fortunate over the years, both on the breeding front and in their own colours, so to have a Cheltenham winner would very much be the icing on the cake.”
The Thompsons’ list of Cheltenham candidates is headed by Envoi Allen – the Gordon Elliott-trained five-year-old who is the 7/2 favourite for the Grade 1 Weatherbys Champion Bumper on Wednesday (5.30pm).
“He is the obvious one that could give Cheveley Park a winner,” added Richardson. “Gordon has three in the race and I know he is happy with Envoi Allen. He is three wins from three so you cannot knock his form.”
A Plus Tard in the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase on Tuesday (4.50pm) and Allaho in Friday’s Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (2.50pm) are the stud’s other leading contenders.
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