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Envoi Allen 2021 Cheltenham punter pots £250000 even after Festival banker Envoi .

Envoi Allen 2021 Cheltenham punter pots £250000 even after Festival banker Envoi .

Envoi Allen Envoi Allen Cheltenham Festival pots … even after punter £250000 Envoi banker

Thu, 18 Mar 2021 14:00:00 +0000

Chantry House won the Marsh Novice Chase at the Cheltenham Festival as Envoi Allen crashed out, much to the relief of the bookmakers and a punter who had 

First published on Thu 18 Mar 2021 10.14 EDT

Chantry House won the Marsh Novice Chase in the opening race on Thursday at the Cheltenham Festival as the hot favourite and the talking horse of the week Envoi Allen crashed out, much to the relief of the bookmakers and the punter who made a cool quarter of a million pounds and would have won nothing if he had not cashed out.

Envoi Allen, for many the banker bet of the Festival, was sent off the 4-9 favourite to extend his unbeaten record to 12, but he got no further than the fourth fence, where he appeared to clip the top of the obstacle before crumpling on landing and depositing his rider, Jack Kennedy.

That left the Grade One heat wide open and it was Nico de Boinville who seized the initiative aboard the Nicky Henderson-trained Chantry House (9-1) to defy stablemate Fusil Raffles in a driving finish.

That also meant the intrepid backer Paul Dean collected £250,000 after deciding to partially cash out his £5 accumulator.

Dean stood to bank £511,225 if he had allowed the bet to roll on and Envoi Allen had won.

However, he opted to take Betfair’s cash-out offer after overnight deliberation.

Dean said earlier on Thursday: “It’s a fantastic offer and I couldn’t be happier.

I’ve definitely done the right thing.

It’s all about Cheltenham for me and I love having small ante-post bets and the dream of a big win over the winter.

I usually start placing my bets at the next best race meeting after Cheltenham – that’s Royal Ascot in June.”

The accumulator kicked off with Golden Horde (12-1) and Hello Youmzain (10-1) winning the Commonwealth Cup and Diamond Jubilee Stakes respectively at Royal Ascot, before Shishkin, whom he had backed at 4-1, claimed the Arkle and Bob Olinger, whom he had at 25-1, lifted the Ballymore.

Dean added: “This year I really fancied Golden Horde and Hello Youmzain at Royal Ascot.

Shishkin was an obvious one, while Bob Olinger looked so good in his bumper.

I also love his trainer, Henry de Bromhead, and Bob Olinger’s sire, Sholokhov, plus the Ballymore is my favourite race in the world.

I’ve backed all the big winners of the race over the years.

“I just love Envoi Allen and want to be able to cheer him home today, that’s why I have partially cashed out.

Come on Envoi.”

Asked what he will do with the money, Dean said: “I’ll be going on a lot of holidays! It’s my mum and dad’s 70th this year, so we’ll be going to New York and to some of the best golf courses in the world.

I really want to play Bethpage and Sawgrass.

And I think I’ll buy a horse.”

The Betfair spokesman Barry Orr explained: “At Paul’s request, we gave him a partial cash-out offer which reflected his desire to have a portion of his bet still running on Envoi Allen, while also ensuring a substantial profit on his incredible bet.” The offer meant Dean would have collected an additional £50,000 had Envoi Allen won.

Henry de Bromhead, trainer of Envoi Allen, reported his charge to have emerged unscathed after his tumble.

He 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.”

Danny Mullins finally got his first Cheltenham Festival winner when making the most of a chance ride on Flooring Porter in the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle.

Mullins had gone so close many times in the past, but was fortunate enough to pick up the mount after Jonathan Moore, who led the horse up, had to miss the ride through injury.

Flooring Porter, trained by Gavin Cromwell, was a handicapper earlier in the season – but showed he was much better than that when winning the Grade One Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown.

He made all that day and the same tactics were deployed again to great effect.

No horse could get close enough to threaten the 12-1 winner, who powered up the hill to cross the line three and a quarter lengths ahead of Sire Du Berlais.

Paisley Park, winner in 2019, tried hard in defeat, a length and three-quarters away in third place.

Beacon Edge was another half a length back in fourth.

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Thu, 18 Mar 2021 14:00:00 +0000

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 

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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 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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– March 18, 2021
Envoi Allen 2021 Cheltenham punter pots £250000 even after Festival banker Envoi .

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