Following his impressive win in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham Festival, Envoi Allen, trained by Henry de Bromhead, is set to take on the Punchestown Gold Cup on April 26th. The Cheveley Park-owned horse had a disappointing run at the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day but made an excellent comeback at the Cheltenham Festival. De Bromhead has overlooked the Kempton run and is targeting the Punchestown feature for Envoi Allen, who won the Grade One in Down Royal (Ladbrokes Champion Chase) over three miles.
De Bromhead is pleased with Envoi Allen’s performance since the Ryanair Chase and believes he has done little wrong. Stablemate Minella Indo, who was pulled up during the Cheltenham Gold Cup, is yet to have a set plan as the team are assessing his performance. He had a disappointing run due to the messy start and nothing going right after that. The horse seems to be well again, and the team has three weeks to decide what to do next.
Envoi Allen and Minella Indo are part of a high-class field of horses set to run at Punchestown. This includes the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Galopin Des Champs, Bravemansgame, the Gold Cup runner-up, and Hewick, trained by Shark Hanlon, who was still in the mix when departing two from home in the Gold Cup.
De Bromhead is excited about Envoi Allen’s prospects at the Punchestown Gold Cup and is confident that the horse is ready to compete at the highest level. Punchestown will provide an excellent opportunity for the horse to showcase his talent against top-quality opposition.