Henry de Bromhead’s first update on arrival of superstar Envoi Allen

Henry de Bromhead has given his first update on the arrival of unbeaten novice chaser Envoi Allen at his yard.

The seven-year-old, 8-11 with Paddy Power for the Marsh Novices' Chase, was one of several horses sent to him by Cheveley Park Stud this week.

Their decision came after their former trainer Gordon Elliott was investigated by the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board, a case which will be heard on Friday.

Envoi Allen is already a dual Festival winner having taken the Weatherbys Champion Bumper in 2019 and the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle last year.

“He’s a gorgeous horse and we feel very fortunate that Cheveley Park have sent him to us," De Bromhead said.

The trainer told how he had “a really helpful” phone conversation with Elliott, with just two weeks to go until the start of the big meeting.

De Bromhead added: “It’s obviously not the circumstances of how you’d like to get horses, but these are the horses everyone’s trying to get and I feel fortunate that Cheveley Park have decided to send them to us.

"The three that are entered for Cheltenham include Envoi Allen (Ballyadam and Quixilios) and he seems great.

“They came down and they looked great when they arrived here, so it’s just a case of trying to tick them over and not let the change of regime upset them too much.

"If we can do as good a job as Gordon has done with them, we’ll be delighted.

“They arrived on Tuesday evening, and we’re just letting them settle in.

"They’re cantering away. You wouldn’t be working them but they’re hacking away and they’re great.”

He added: "Quixilios is in both the Fred Winter and the Triumph. I haven’t really firmed up on that as yet, so we’ll discuss that with Cheveley Park at the time as see what we’d like to do.

“I would imagine we’re leaning towards the Supreme with Ballyadam, but we’ll keep our options open.

“Jack (Kennedy) has ridden him all year and he will ride the three of them if he is available."

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