A chipped joint has emerged as a viable excuse for Envoi Allen’s disappointing efficiency eventually week’s Punchestown Pageant.
Unbeaten in his first 11 begins beneath 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 Pageant in March.
Hopes had been excessive he may bounce again to his good greatest 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 great distance from house earlier than ultimately 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 harm.
Cheveley Park’s managing director Chris Richardson mentioned: “From the outcomes of the investigations, it seems he has (chipped a joint).
“For those who take 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 fitting factor by pulling him up. You would see that she had one tight rein and one free rein, so issues weren’t as anticipated.”
Envoi Allen’s Cheltenham mishap was a uncommon blip on the Pageant for the Cheveley Park group, 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 an extended season and we had a beautiful Cheltenham.
“They’ll all go on vacation now and we are able to sit up for subsequent 12 months.”