It’s the head to head that punters have all been waiting for as the top two novices clash in the Champion Novice Chase.
Monkfish remains unbeaten over fences, so it’s no surprise to see him at the head of the market and he comes here boasting a seven race win streak, four of which have been in Grade One company (3 G1 chases, 1 G1 hurdles).
It must be noted that he was far from his best last time out at Cheltenham and was sure to have made the 1/4 favourite backers sweat as he failed to jump nor gallop with the same flair as what we’ve become accustomed to.
A riderless horse and a stumble at the last will of also provided a heart in mouth moment for supporters, however the runner overcame all obstacles and recorded an eventual 6 1/2 length victory to seal the deal.
There’s strong suspicions that the best is still yet to come from this seven-year-old who is continuously improving and the face off against a high quality rival is expected to bring the best out of him.
He will need to put that last run behind him however as another lackadaisical performance will be all Envoi Allen needs in order to take advantage.