Envoi Allen Confirmed For Ballymore Novices' Hurdle

Envoi Allen

The news that most punters wanted to hear was revealed early Sunday morning as Gordon Elliott tweeted after walking the Cheltenham track to announce that his unbeaten novice hurdler Envoi Allen would head in the Balllymore Novices' Hurdle.

The Cheveley Park Stud owned six year old is now eight races unbeaten which include his point to point and bumper runs and overall has landed three Grade Ones.

Over hurdles this season he has been superb just doing enough in every race to win all his races it was has looked like in a workman's like fashion and it seemed set in stone that the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle on the Wednesday looked his obvious route after his win in the Grade One Lawlor Of Naas Novices' Hurdle.

However, on Thursday evening at Betfair's preview night Elliott revealed that he was seriously thinking about switching him back to two miles and putting him into the Supreme Novices' Hurdle with the testing ground the main reason for this decision.

This left every punter on the edge of their seats with a huge emphasis on racegoers ante-post bets, but On Sunday the trainer revealed what we all originally thought and he is sticking Envoi Allen into the first race on the Wednesday.

In a tweet, the two time Grand National-winning trainer said: "After walking the track and speaking to the owners I’ve decided to run Envoi Allen in the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle on Wednesday."

He is currently 5/4 best priced to extend his unbeaten run to nine races and also land his fourth Grade One of his career.

The going is currently soft on both the Old and the New courses after 4mm of rain fell overnight on Saturday but more is expected on Sunday evening.