Envoi Allen victory gives Henry de Bromhead hope he can win a remarkable THIRD consecutive Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Friday… as the trainer insists A Plus Tard ‘seems really good’ ahead of the race
- Renowned trainer Henry de Bromhead is hoping to win a third Gold Cup in a row
- Envoi Allen secured De Bromhead a shock win in the Ryanair Chase on Thursday
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Henry de Bromhead says the success of Envoi Allen in Thursday’s Ryanair Chase has boosted his hopes of winning a remarkable third consecutive Cheltenham Gold Cup.
De Bromhead’s reigning champion A Plus Tard, a dual Festival winner and the mount of Rachael Blackmore on Friday, has not run since he was pulled up in the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November.
But the ability of the trainer’s horses to bounce back was underlined Thursday by Blackmore-ridden Envoi Allen, on his first start since Bravemansgame beat him by more than 50 lengths in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day.
De Bromhead is also represented in the Gold Cup by Minella Indo, the 2021 winner who has never been out of the first two in four Festival starts.
De Bromhead said: ‘You would have to be a bit more confident. It’s great to see that. Obviously, they are all individuals and A Plus Tard hasn’t run since November, but he seems really good.
Envoi Allen – ridden by Rachael Blackmore – caused a shock in the Ryanair Chase on Thursday
Trainer Henry de Bromhead says the success of Envoi Allen has boosted his hopes of winning a remarkable third consecutive Cheltenham Gold Cup when the action resumes on Friday
Gold Cup odds
Galopin Des Champs – 11/8
A Plus Tard – 4/1
Bravemansgame – 17/2
Noble Yeats – 10/1
Stattler – 10/1
Conflated – 14/1
Minella Indo – 14/1
Ahoy Senor – 18/1
Protektorat – 18/1
Sounds Russian – 28/1
Hewick – 40/1
Royale Pagaille – 80/1
Eldorado Allen – 100/1
Odds provided by Paddy Power
‘Envoi Allen never showed up at Kempton but our three runners in Britain (around that time), including A Plus Tard, were really disappointing. They were all beaten after four fences but it turned out there were obvious reasons with A Plus Tard (an infection). We left no stone unturned and whatever we are doing now seems to be working again.
‘Minella Indo is in great form and has probably had his best preparation ever for the race.’
Both De Bromhead Gold Cup contenders were cut in the betting Thursday. Minella Indo, a forgotten horse in the build-up, was slashed from 22-1 to 14-1.
The mount of Mark Walsh, who won Thursday’s Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle on 33-1 shot Sire Du Berlais, has not run since winning at Tramore on New Year’s Day.
Envoi Allen was a third winner of the week for De Bromhead after he landed Tuesday’s Mares’ Hurdle with Honeysuckle and Wednesday’s Grand Annual Chase with Maskada.
A Gold Cup win for the Irish trainer would be hugely popular given what his family have been through. De Bromhead’s 13-year-old son Jack was killed in a freak pony-racing accident in September.
Thursday’s Mares Novices’ Hurdle, won by You Wear It Well, was run in Jack’s honour with De Bromhead’s wife Heather and sisters Mia and Georgia in attendance.
De Bromhead’s reigning champion A Plus Tard has not run since pulling up back in November
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