A chipped joint has emerged as a viable excuse for Envoi Allen’s disappointing efficiency eventually week’s Punchestown Competition.
Unbeaten in his first 11 begins underneath guidelines, the Cheveley Park Stud-owned gelding met with defeat for the primary time after falling when bidding for a 3rd win on the Cheltenham Competition in March.
Hopes had been excessive he might bounce again to his sensible finest for a much-anticipated conflict with Monkfish in Punchestown’s Dooley Insurance coverage Group Champion Novice Chase.
Nonetheless, Henry de Bromhead’s cost was struggling a good distance from dwelling earlier than ultimately being pulled up by Rachael Blackmore, whereas Monkfish didn’t reel in his stablemate Colreevy.
Envoi Allen was discovered to lame post-race and a subsequent CT scan at Fethard Equine Hospital has revealed the extent of his damage.
Cheveley Park’s managing director Chris Richardson stated: “From the outcomes of the investigations, it seems he has (chipped a joint).
“If you happen to have a look at the image of him taking off a few furlong earlier than the second fence, it was essentially the most unbelievable leap.
“Rachael clearly did the appropriate factor by pulling him up. You can see that she had one tight rein and one unfastened rein, so issues weren’t as anticipated.”
Envoi Allen’s Cheltenham mishap was a uncommon blip on the Competition for the Cheveley Park workforce, who gained with Sir Gerhard, Quilixios and Allaho, and went near Gold Cup glory with A Plus Tard.
The Cheltenham winners had been crushed at Punchestown, however Richardson added: “All of the horses have had a protracted season and we had a beautiful Cheltenham.
“They will all go on vacation now and we are able to stay up for subsequent 12 months.”