Envoi Allen aiming to resurrect career on Easter Sunday in Fairyhouse Gold Cup after Cheltenham Festival flop

ENVOI ALLEN is set to resurrect his career on Easter Sunday.

The Cheltenham Festival flop has been entered into the Fairyhouse Gold Cup in Ireland this weekend.

Henry de Bromhead's horse suffered his first ever defeat when falling at the fourth fence in the Marsh Novices' Chase at Cheltenham Festival.


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One punter needed Envoi Allen to win at odds of just 4-9 to collect a whopping £322,000.

But he still bagged himself a massive £250,000 after cashing out his incredible £5 bet with Betfair.

Envoi Allen was unbeaten in 11 races before disaster struck – and now questions are being asked over where the supremely talented horse will bounce back.

And as luck would have it, Easter Sunday looks the target for the Cheveley Park Stud-owned horse.

A £40,000 first-place prize is up for grabs in the 2m 4f contest, over a track Envoi Allen has already won on three times.

And some other big names including Brown Advisory Novices' Chase winner Monkfish, Andy Dufresne and Coko Beach have been entered.

Energumene, who missed a Cheltenham showdown against Shishkin due to injury, has also been put forward.

Punters have been rewarded by backing Envoi Allen in the past – but know his Cheltenham nightmare proved costly.

Cheveley Park's managing director Chris Richardson said the stable star's poor run was due to him being 'upset' before the race.

He said: "Before the Festival we thought Envoi Allen might be our winner and the others might go close, but it wasn't to be for him. He'll learn from that.

"Unfortunately he made his first mistake of the season at the wrong time. He was a little upset beforehand, a bit on his toes and Jack Kennedy was trying to get him settled.

"He'd only been in small fields up to now, and with horses around him he probably wasn't focussed on the job in hand.

"Luckily both him and Jack were fine and we can look forward to many more occasions going forward."


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