Envoi Allen stuns to win the Ryanair Chase for Rachael Blackmore and Henry de Bromhead – as favorite Shishkin is left to rue a expensive leaping error within the third race of Day Three at Cheltenham
The celestial scriptwriter penned the right script on day three of the Pageant as Envoi Allen bounced again to win the Grade One Ryanair Chase.
He tailed off on his final run within the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, nevertheless it was a return to type for a gelding who has struggled to reside as much as the massive popularity he carved when he gained his first 12 races.
Usually, the post-race highlight would have shone on Envoi Allen’s jockey Rachael Blackmore however this time it was firmly on coach Henry de Bromhead.
Race six on the cardboard, the Mares Novices’ Hurdle, was run in honour of his son Jack, the 13-year-old killed in a pony-racing accident in September.
Jack ought to have been standing alongside his dad proudly shouting Envoi Allen house. As a substitute, it was his sisters Mia and Georgia and mum Heather.
Rachael Blackmore and Envoi Allen gained the Ryanair Chase in thrilling third day at Cheltenham
Envoi Allen jumped properly all through the Ryanair Chase earlier than a late cost sealed the win
RYANAIR CHASE FINAL RESULT
Day Three of the Cheltenham Pageant, third race
1 Envoi Allen (Rachael Blackmore) – 13-2
2 Shishkin (Nico de Boinville) – Evens (fav)
3 Hitman (Harry Cobden) – 22-1
There had been an outpouring of help for the De Bromheads when Honeysuckle gained the Mares’ Hurdle on Tuesday.
Many have marvelled on the resilience they’ve proven and as soon as once more, Thursday’s public theme was a celebration of the boy they misplaced.
After 13-2 shot Envoi Allen had overwhelmed scorching favorite Shishkin, Henry stated: ‘The quantity of people that travelled over – family and friends – for Jack’s race is nice. Everybody has sorted us.’
Gesturing to the gang surrounding the winner’s enclosure, Henry added: ‘I would say most people up there are my family and friends! Envoi Allen is a category horse.’
The picture of the day, nevertheless, was not Envoi Allen successful. That got here after Jack’s race gained by the Gavin Sheehan-ridden, Jamie Snowden-trained 16-1 probability You Put on It Nicely when a bunch of Jack’s pal’s mounted the rostrum for the presentation alongside his household.
Blackmore has now gained two races on the Cheltenham Pageant in 2023 and is raring for extra
Heather stated: ‘There are 15 or 16 of them. All his finest buddies have come over. They had been his gang.
‘They arrive and see us each few weeks. They’re unbelievable and nice to his sisters.’
Some thought the scriptwriter obtained one factor unsuitable. Henry saddled 5 runners within the race together with Magical Zoe who was a gallant second.
However Heather added: ‘Somebody stated to us, ‘We’re unhappy you did not win’. However Jack would have thought that was the best cliche. He gave us our Grade One earlier and we’ll accept that.’