Henry de Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore’s fine Cheltenham Festival record continued on Thursday as Envoi Allen (13/2) made the most of a number of mistakes from favourite Shishkin to win the Ryanair Chase.
The pair combined to bring the house down on Tuesday as Honeysuckle bowed out with Mares’ Hurdle victory and were reliant on another Festival favourite in 2019 and 2020 winner Envoi Allen.
Much of the pre-race build-up focussed on Nicky Henderson’s even-money favourite Shishkin, but the exuberant jumping that had seen him roar to Ascot Chase glory eluded Nico de Boinville’s mount on this occasion.
A number of errors, including a shuddering blunder at the third last, put the favourite on the back foot.
Envoi Allen, too, was far from fluent at the same fence but rallied well under Blackmore to run out a winner by just under three lengths.
Shishkin, to his credit, stayed on for second, ahead of the Paul Nicholls-trained Hitman and Mouse Morris’ French Dynamite.
More to follow…