- It’s great to be back and a privilege to ride horses like Envoi Allen – Rachel Blackmore
By Andrew Atkinson
Henry de Bromhead-trained Envoi Allen tipped by fromthehorsesmouth.info chalked-up a twelfth career win when winning the Grade 2 Join Racing TV Chase at Down Royal on Saturday, with Rachael Blackmore up.
“I’ve been sat on the sidelines so it’s great to be back and a privilege to ride horses like this,” said Blackmore.
Seven-year-old Envoi Allen was unbeaten in 11 starts, under former trainer Gordon Elliott, and Blackmore added: “His engine is no secret and I got a feel for it today. When you ask him he really clicks into gear.”
Odds-on 4-11 favourite Envoi Allen gained an emphatic 22 lengths victory ahead of 200-1 shot Echoes Of Family; Fairyhill Run finished third.
De Bromhead said: “He’d been working really well at home – it’s great to have him back on track.
“He struck into a fence so hard at Punchestown last time and he seemed to be crippled on his hind leg.
“He’s class – the most spoken about horse in the country. He’s exciting and we’re very lucky to have him.
“There’s every chance he could run in the John Durkan Chase. He’s a horse with a lot of pace – we’ve not discussed anything with the owners – but we could possibly look at the option of the King George VI Chase at Kempton.”
Envoi Allen was cut to 8-1 from 20-1 for the King George on Boxing Day and 10-1 from 12-1 for the Gold Cup.
Fil Dor (5-4), Mighty Potter (4-9), Envoi Allen (4-11) and American Mike (4-7) returned a fromthehorsesmouth.info 7-1 four horse winning accumulator.
Caption: Rachel Blackmore: Envoi Allen engine no secret.