The Cheltenham festival went ahead this year, despite many other events being cancelled around the same period. This is of course due to the coronavirus pandemic, which continues to increase around the world. That is leading to more and more events being either postponed or even cancelled, with no likely date as to when this is going to end.
Looking back to the Cheltenham festival in the early period of March, and as expected it provided a memorable four days at Prestbury Park. Many horses delivered on the biggest stage and will now being looking for further success moving forward. But which horse really stood out from the rest, due to their performance? Here we cover the clear horse that stood out from the rest and is clearly one to follow moving forward.
The most exciting horse in training and one whose reputation continues to build is the Gordon Elliott trained six year old, Envoi Allen. Punters continuing to use the william hill sign up offers on the run up to the festival and he then went into the recent Cheltenham festival as many people’s ideas of the banker. This is due to him winning all of his previous seven racecourse appearances, that included a battling victory in the Champion bumper at the 2019 festival.
Envoi Allen won each of his three starts over hurdles moving into Cheltenham, that also included a 1 ½ length victory over stablemate Abacadabras. The latter of course just missing out on a victory in the Supreme novices in the opening race of the festival, when being beaten by Shishkin in a photo finish. That result meant a huge amount of support for Envoi Allen, who continued to be supported heavily on the run up to the Ballymore on day two, eventually being sent off as the 4/7 favourite.
Envoi Allen raced keenly and was still six lengths down turning for home. The Big Getaway appeared to be kicking clear but Envoi closed up easily, before leading going to the last. He was then pushed clear to win by just over four lengths from stablemate Easywork. Another horse for raced prominently, with the three horses pulling clear of the rest of the field.
Looking at other horses in the race, Envoi Allen’s performance can probably be upgraded, due to him having to make up plenty of ground turning for home. He is clearly one of the most exciting horses we have seen for some time and he will now likely head over fences next season. Envoi Allen is now favourite for two of the three markets for the novices of fences next season. Whichever race he targets, he is going to take the world of beating.
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) March 11, 2020