Envoi Allen justified strong market support to win the Weatherbys Champion Bumper and provide leading flat owners Cheveley Park Stud with a second winner of the Cheltenham Festival.
?? Envoi Allen wins the Champion Bumper ??— Racing TV (@RacingTV) March 13, 2019
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Trained by Gordon Elliott, he arrived with the best credentials having won a point-to-point and three bumpers already, and he was ridden by Jamie Codd, one of the best amateurs of all time.
Having drifted throughout the day in the market due to Elliott enduring a quiet start to the week, the money came pouring in late on following the earlier victory of stablemate Tiger Roll in the cross-country chase.
Eventually sent off the 2/1 favourite, Codd charted a wide path on the £400,000 purchase to avoid any scrimmaging.
Edging towards the centre of the track travelling well, he suddenly had a fight on his hands as Barry Geraghty emerged on Willie Mullins’ Blue Sari, his main market rival at 7/2.
Envoi Allen stuck on gamely, though, and joined A Plus Tard as a winner for the owners this week, while Codd was also making it two after his victory on Le Breuil in the National Hunt Chase.
Elliott said of the winner: "We have always thought a lot of him and he did well to win. He is a horse for the future and we are delighted with his win today. I think that will probably be Envoi Allen's final run of the season. He will then go novice hurdling next year. He is going to end up being a three-mile chaser one day and the future is very exciting with him."
Codd said: "It's an emotional day and we've had a tough year after losing my brother last year. He's up there looking down and I hope he's very proud. William was a big supporter of mine when I started riding and, God, I wish he was here."