Envoi Allen wins the Weatherbys Champion Bumper in the final race on Ladies Day at Cheltenham
- Envoi Allen won an exciting final race on the second day of the Cheltenham
- The Gordon Elliott-trained five-year-old won by three-quarters of a length
- Blue Sari, the race’s 2-1 favourite, finished in second followed by Thyme Hill
Envoi Allen justified strong market support to win the Weatherbys Champion Bumper and provide leading Flat owners Cheveley Park Stud with a second winner of the Cheltenham Festival.
Trained by Gordon Elliott, he arrived with the best credentials having won a point-to-point and three bumpers already, and he was ridden by Jamie Codd, one of the best amateurs of all time.
Having drifted throughout the day in the market due to Elliott enduring a quiet start to the week, the money came pouring in late on following the earlier victory of stablemate Tiger Roll in the cross-country chase.
Envoi Allen won an exciting final race on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival
The Gordon Elliott-trained five-year-old won by three-quarters of a length from Blue Sari
1 Envoi Allen (Mr J J Codd) 2-1 Fav
2 Blue Sari (B J Geraghty) 7-2
3 Thyme Hill (R Johnson) 20-1
Eventually sent off the 2-1 favourite, Codd charted a wide path on the £400,000 purchase to avoid any scrimmaging
Edging towards the centre of the track travelling well, he suddenly had a fight on his hands as Barry Geraghty emerged on Willie Mullins’ Blue Sari, his main market rival at 7-2.
Envoi Allen stuck on gamely, though, and joined A Plus Tard as a winner for the owners this week, while Codd was also making it two after his victory on Le Breuil in the National Hunt Chase.
Envoi Allen leads on the home straight as jockey Jamie Codd (right) celebrates
Codd aboard Envoi Allen celebrates the win in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper