A chipped joint has emerged as a viable excuse for Envoi Allen’s disappointing efficiency eventually week’s Punchestown Festival.
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 Festival in March.
Hopes have been excessive he might bounce again to his good finest for a much-anticipated conflict with Monkfish in Punchestown’s Dooley Insurance Group Champion Novice Chase.
However, Henry de Bromhead’s cost was struggling a good distance from house earlier than finally being pulled up by Rachael Blackmore, whereas Monkfish did not 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 have a look at the image of him taking off a couple of furlong earlier than the second fence, it was essentially the most unbelievable leap.
“Rachael obviously did the right thing by pulling him up. You could see that she had one tight rein and one loose rein, so things weren’t as expected.”
Envoi Allen’s Cheltenham mishap was a uncommon blip on the Festival for the Cheveley Park crew, who received with Sir Gerhard, Quilixios and Allaho, and went near Gold Cup glory with A Plus Tard.
The Cheltenham winners have been crushed at Punchestown, however Richardson added: “All the horses have had a long season and we had a wonderful Cheltenham.
“They can all go on vacation now and we will look ahead to subsequent yr.”