Sir Gerhard Looking To Follow Stablemate Envoi Allen And Head For Champion Bumper In March

Sir Gerhard

Sir Gerhard looks a very exciting recruit for trainer Gordon Elliott currently being unbeaten on both his starts for the yard and he will now look to follow in the footsteps of stablemate Envoi Allen and bid for the Champion Bumper at the 2021 Cheltenham festival.

Back in November 2019 the gelding was a well backed favourite for his first start in a point to point over three miles and having gone on to win by 12 lengths he was subsequently bought by Cheveley Park Stud for £400,000.

Having been given to Gordon Elliott like other exploits owned by Cheveley Park, he went on to make a superb debut at Down Royal in October when winning a bumper by 14 lengths.

The vibes from the yard about this horse is that he could go on and follow in the footsteps of many of his classy stablemates and last time out he cemented these thoughts when landing the Listed Future Champions bumper at Navan last week by close to five lengths.

After this the five year old was backed into be the 5/2 favourite for the Champion Bumper in March and many believe he can replicate Envoi Allen and land the Grade One event.

(Credit ATR) Chris Richardson, managing director of owners Cheveley Park Stud, said: “He showed plenty of ability (at Navan) and we were very excited.

“Envoi Allen won the Listed race Navan before going to Leopardstown and then Cheltenham and I think we’ll probably follow the same route.”

Cheveley Park have become really big players over the last few years in national hunt racing and Envoi Allen has been the poster boy for that success and Richardson discussed what might be next for the unbeaten star.

His handler Gordon Elliott recently discussed not running him over Christmas having recently landed the Grade One Drinmore Novices' Chase at Fairyhouse, but as to what is next for the star only the people in the know will decide.

Richardson said: “I haven’t really had a chance to discuss plans with the Thompsons (owners) or Gordon yet, so we’ll see.

“We’re in a fortunate position to be a bit spoilt choice and we’re just having to decide what goes where. That will unravel as we go through the next week.”