Envoi Allen to return this year after successful surgery
- We bring you the news that Envoi Allen has undergone successful surgery
- Henry De Bromhead's star suffered a chipped joint during his defeat at Punchestown in April
- Cheveley Park's Chris Richardson has confirmed the surgery went as planned
Envoi Allen at Cheltenham. (Getty)
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Three weeks before the Cheltenham Festival, Envoi Allen suffering defeat during the spring seemed highly unlikely.
During his time with Gordon Elliott, Envoi Allen had established himself as the most exciting National Hunt horse in training, winning all of his outings in bumpers, over hurdles and during a blemish-free novice chasing campaign.
Yet, everything started to unravel after the Gordon Elliott picture scandal. Cheveley Park moved Envoi Allen to Henry De Bromhead's yard and, on his stable debut, the favourite suffered the first fall of his career in the Marsh Novices' Hurdle.
Envoi Allen then took on Monkfish and Colreevy on his first start over three miles at Punchestown. Rachael Blackmore jumped into his saddle for the first time, but it was soon evident Envoi Allen wasn't on a going day, and Blackmore pulled her mount up well before the end.
Veterinary examination following that race found that Envoi Allen had suffered a chipped joint. Cheveley Park's managing director, Chris Richardson spoke to the press today and informed them that surgery to repair the chip had gone smoothly.
"Surgery was performed successfully, and the vets seem very happy," said Chris Richardson.
"He obviously suffered the injury when standing miles off one of those early fences at Punchestown."
"It took a while for the swelling to go down. But surgery has now been performed, and he can now have a nice holiday and hopefully come back later in the year."
The John Durkan Chase, held over two-and-a-half miles at Punchestown would be a likely starting point for Envoi Allen, if everything goes to plan during the winter.
De Bromhead also mentioned the possibility of targeting a run in the 2021 King George VI Chase, run at Kempton on Boxing Day, for which Envoi Allen is currently an 8/1 shot with Unibet.