Cheltenham Festival: Envoi Allen’s Gold Cup price cut after Down Royal win

Can Envoi Allen notch a third win at the Cheltenham Festival?

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Paddy’s traders have slashed Envoi Allen’s odds for the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2022 after a successful start to the season.

The dual Cheltenham Festival winner bounced back in fine style on Saturday after a nightmare end to the last campaign. He was switched to Henry de Bromhead’s yard in March before falling when odds-on favourite in the Marsh Novices’ Chase and pulling up in the Champion Novice Chase at the Punchestown Festival the following month.

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Envoi Allen Cheltenham Gold Cup (Antepost)

Envoi Allen got back to winning ways on his seasonal reappearance in the Grade 2 Join Racing TV Chase at Down Royal, scoring by 22l from 200/1 shot Echoes Of Family to notch his first success since joining De Bromhead.

Speaking after the 2m 3½f race, the trainer said: “It’s lovely to start like that. He was really good, jumped brilliantly, and you can tell by the smile on Rachael [Blackmore]’s face what a buzz she got from it. That was a good test for him today and he’ll step forward from that.

“I was so focused on this that I haven’t really thought beyond it or discussed future plans. The John Durkan at Punchestown would look to be a very obvious race for him but we’ll see.”

The Cheltenham Gold Cup 2022 could be the long-term target for connections and Paddy’s traders reacted to the win by cutting his price to 8/1 for the big race.

Minella Indo, who claimed this year’s renewal, could only finish third behind Frodon in the Down Royal Champion Chase on his first start of the season on Saturday. De Bromhead’s charge remains the antepost favourite ahead of stablemate A Plus Tard.

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Minella Indo Cheltenham Gold Cup (Antepost)

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A Plus Tard Cheltenham Gold Cup (Antepost)

Despite De Bromhead indicating that the John Durkan Chase at Punchestown on December 5 would be the next target for Envoi Allen, Paddy’s trader also slashed Envoi Allen’s odds for the King George VI Chase, which takes place three weeks later on Boxing Day.

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Envoi Allen King George (Antepost)

The Knockeen handler also admitted he was unsure whether Envoi Allen would be stepped up in trip so the seven-year-old’s price for the Ryanair Chase 2022 has also been trimmed.

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Envoi Allen Ryanair Chase (Antepost)

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2022 Antepost Odds

6/1 – Minella Indo
7/1 – A Plus Tard
8/1 – Envoi Allen
14/1 – Chantry House
16/1 – Al Boum Photo, Allaho, Galvin
20/1 – Champ, Delta Work
25/1 – BAR

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