De Bromhead reveals extent of Envoi injury

05 May 2021 02:21:34 GMTPlus10

Leading trainer Henry de Bromhead on Tuesday confirmed Envoi Allen chipped a hind joint when disappointing at Punchestown last week.

The seven-year-old lined up for a fascinating clash with Colreevy and Monkfish in the Dooley Insurance Group Champion Novice Chase but had to be pulled up before the second-last by jockey Rachael Blackmore.

It was a second defeat for the 2020 Ballymore Novices' Hurdle winner, who won his first 11 starts before falling at the fourth fence when 4/6 favourite for the Marsh Novices' Chase at this year's Cheltenham Festival.

Envoi Allen was examined after his last run at the request of the stewards and was found to be lame, while Blackmore said he hung badly left throughout the race.

His trainer sent the 164-rated chaser to Fethard Equine Hospital for a CT scan and he has revealed the extent of the injury.

De Bromhead said: "We got the results back from Envoi Allen's scan and he has chipped his hind joint. The swelling has to come down but, once it does, he will have the chip taken out. He must have given the fence some whack, but hopefully he will be fine and make a full recovery."

Envoi Allen's stablemate Honeysuckle, winner of the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, maintained her unbeaten record in the Paddy Power Champion Hurdle, making it 12 from 12 under Blackmore.

De Bromhead added: "Honey is great; there's not a bother on her. She came out of the race in great order and I couldn't be happier with her."

Honeysuckle is 7/4 to win next year's Champion Hurdle, while Envoi Allen is 16/1 to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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