Rachael Blackmore on Envoi Allen celebrates victory in the Ryanair Chase at today’s Cheltenham Festival. Photos: Inpho.
Henry de Bromhead’s brilliant week at the Cheltenham Festival continued on day three as he landed the Ryanair Chase for a second-time as Envoi Allen rolled back the to win at Prestbury Park for a third time.
After winning the Champion Bumper and the Ballymore hurdle before been a fourth fence faller when going off a short-priced favourite in the Turners Chase, but the Cheveley Park owned nine-year-old powered up the hill to give Knockeen a third win of the week.
Going off at odds of 13/2, the son of Muhtathir produced great leaps at the second last and the last fence to take over before staying on strongly to beat the favourite Shishkin by two and three quarters lengths with Hitman a neck back in third.
Envoi Allen has now won on the flat (Champion Bumper), hurdles (the Ballymore) and fences (Ryanair) at the Cheltenham Festival.
Speaking after the race, trainer Henry de Bromhead said: “We’re so lucky and the support were getting is amazing. What a performance and a ride from Rachael. The horses have come back to form. It’s amazing the reception that we’ve got today. Rachael has been brilliant and this is bringing us such solace.”
His stable jockey Rachael Blackmore added: “He is an incredible horse. He has a phenomenal engine, and this was his day today. Well done to Henry, Davy Roche. and all the team to get him back today. He was electric.
“It was lovely to be able to take back a bit into the race. He jumped really, and was a much happier horse to ride than the King George at Christmas. This is such a magic place so I’m so lucky to be going back into the winners enclosure on a horse like this is just amazing.
“He was suited by the conditions, and we weren’t worried about them. He was working really well and he has delivered today.”
Henry de Bromhead celebrates after Envoi Allen’s victory in the Ryanair Chase.