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Chantry House took the Marsh Novices' Chase after Envoi Allen's untimely and unexpected early exit in the opening race on the third day of the Cheltenham
Thursday 18 March 2021 14:30, UK
Chantry House took the Marsh Novices’ Chase after Envoi Allen’s untimely and unexpected early exit in the opening race on the third day of the Cheltenham Festival.
All eyes had been on Envoi Allen and there was a real sense of anti-climax when the 4-9 favourite came down at the fourth fence, leaving his jockey Jack Kennedy disconsolate.
It was trainer Nicky Henderson who was the beneficiary, saddling the 9-1 winner Chantry House, ridden by Nico de Boinville, as well as the runner-up Fusil Raffles for good measure.
The latter was up front from the start along with Shan Blue, who was given the office by Harry Skelton to stretch the field a long way out.
That injection of pace caught the opposition off guard, but they still were able to reel in Dan Skelton’s charge after three out where the Henderson pair were in prime position.
Chantry House proved the stronger up the hill to prevail by three lengths from Fusil Raffles and give Henderson a 70th winner at the Festival.
Asterion Forlonge was another two lengths back in third, with Chatham Street Lad fourth.
Henderson said: “He was very good.
To be fair, when Dan’s horse quickened up down the back, it was a bit like last year.
When he ran in the Supreme behind Shishkin he looked to need another half mile and it looked the same again.
“You’d have to think he’ll be going over three miles sooner rather than later.
“At Wetherby last time out he was good, but he needed surgery on his back after he ran here the time before.
He did well to get back in time to run at Wetherby, in truth.
“He’s a lovely horse and I’d hoped he would at least give Envoi Allen a bit of a race, but you’ve got to take it when you are given a chance like that.
“I don’t know why we wouldn’t go over three miles at Aintree or Punchestown, it just depends how quick he recovers.”
He added: “It’s a pity he (Envoi Allen) fell from a lot of points of view, buton the other hand it was nice to take the opportunity.
He’s looked flawless all year so it was a surprise to see him do that.
“We looked in top gear for a lot of the race there, so it certainly looked like going further would help him.
“We’ve had a couple of disappointments this week, it’s nice to get JP (McManus, owner) on the board for the week, too.”
Henry de Bromhead, trainer of Envoi Allen, said: “Jack just said he was a little bit keen.
He just launched at the fence, unfortunately, and that was it.
“I’ve had a look at him though and he looked fine, and Jack’s fine too, so that’s good.”
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Seainin Mahon, the groom who led up Envoi Allen before all 11 of his wins for Gordon Elliott, was unable to be at Cheltenham on Thursday to look after the
Thursday, 18 March, 2021
Seainin Mahon, the groom who led up Envoi Allen before all 11 of his wins for Gordon Elliott, was unable to be at Cheltenham on Thursday to look after the superstar when he fell during his debut for Henry de Bromhead in the Marsh Novices’ Chase.
Mahon had been expected to lead up Envoi Allen one last time at Cheltenham but Covid-19 protocols meant getting to the Cotswolds became a difficult journey and she elected to stay at home.
She explained: “I was supposed to be going over but, with the way things worked out with Covid protocols, there is a limited amount of staff going to Cheltenham this year.
“I didn’t have another horse going over there and it would have been unfair of me taking the place of another member of staff who did have a horse going over.
It’s just the way it worked out this year unfortunately.”
Before the race, Mahon said she was in little doubt Envoi Allen would record a third Cheltenham Festival win, but wished only to see the Cheveley Park-owned star return safe and well.
Unfortunately I didn’t make it to Cheltenham to be with my Allen.
I’m heart broken I can’t be with him but we had a facetime this evening.
He agreed that he would look after himself, come home safe and show everyone just how good he is#MyAllen @EnvoiAllen__ @CPStudOfficial pic.twitter.com/nSiV9QWW4x
She added: “As long as he comes home in one piece I will be happy.
I have no doubt that he will win.
I’m obviously devastated I won’t be over there but I’ll be cheering him home the whole way.
“He’s just an amazing horse.
His character and nature – he’s just so funny.
You make friends with humans but people who work with horses, they become your best friends.
I know they don’t speak but you come to love their characteristics.”
‘The Tiger gave us the lift that we needed’
Cullentra House Stables may no longer be home to Envoi Allen but Tiger Roll did his bit to lift spirits at the yard when recording his fifth victory at the festival by running riot in the cross-country chase on Wednesday.
Tiger Roll has already returned home to Cullentra, according to Mahon, who believes the dual Grand National winner knew those around him needed a lift.
She said: “The Tiger gave us the lift that we needed.
Tiger knew we needed it as well and he did us all proud.
We are so proud of him.
Myself and my housemate watched the race together and we were crying our eyes out three out.
He means so much to everybody.
Sometimes we take it for granted because we see him everyday but he is such an amazing horse.
He’s something else.”
Mahon added: “He is home already and is safe and sound standing with his head over his door.
There is not a bother on him.
I have no doubt he knew we were all a bit down and he did his bit to cheer us all up.”
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– March 18, 2021
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