Envoi Allen preserves unbeaten record with slick display on hurdling bow

Sat 2 Nov 2019

Watch a full replay of how the Champion Bumper winner scored over jumps l at Down Royal plus interviews with his delighted connections.

Envoi Allen extended his unbeaten career record with an impressive victory on his debut over hurdles at Down Royal.

The winner of last season’s Weatherbys Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival took his successful tally to six out of six – putting himself on course for the Grade One Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse next.

Envoi Allen led throughout and was fluent at his flights in the Tayto Group Maiden Hurdle under Davy Russell – landing odds of 1-4 with ease, by six and a half lengths, from Joseph O’Brien-trained pair Front View and Entoucas.

Gordon Elliott gives his verdict to Gary O'Brien

Gordon Elliott and Cheveley Park Stud’s exciting five-year-old was adding a first hurdles win to four in bumpers last season, and his point-to-point debut.

Russell went straight to the front, but was content to lead the 17-runner field by little more than a length until an especially good  jump two  out took Envoi Allen clear – and he never had to come under pressure to stretch his advantage all the way to the line over an extended two miles.

Elliott was duly impressed, and said: “We think the world of him – we think he could be anything.

Davy Russell was suitably impressed

“He showed a lot of pace there today. He wouldn’t want to be stepping up in trip too much for the time being. He’s very, very good.

“He was clever – he got in close to one or two, but he learned plenty there.

“I’d imagine we would probably go to Fairyhouse now for the Royal Bond.”

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