ENVOI ALLEN 13/2 generally – 0.75 POINTS E/W (3 places, 1/5 odds)
The big race of the day, the King George Chase. Many of you will know that I am a big fan of Bravemansgame and he has a huge chance of winning but I just can’t get away from the 7/1 available on ENVOI ALLEN and although my heart says Bravemansgame, being the professional that I am, the bet on ENVOI ALLEN stands out a mile.
Before moving on with Envoi Allen, I would like to talk about the favourite L’Homme Presse who no doubt is a fantastic horse. The ground is in his favour but I am not entirely convinced a course like Kempton will suit him. Kempton is a speedy course and I think he needs much more of a test. He has the ability to prove me wrong but I am willing to take my chance on him given he is now 15/8 (time of writing).
Everything is in the favour of Bravemansgame and he loves it around Kempton and if I had a bet on two horses, he would be my second bet.
Hitman who is also trained by Paul Nicholls has to do it at this level although he is a talented horse going in the right direction.
Of the rest I am happy to take them all on but don’t be surprised to see Frodon run well at a big price if he gets into a nice rhythm.
Let’s go back a few years with ENVOI ALLEN when he was the apple in Gordon Elliott’s eye. Under the care of Gordon Elliott he was unbeaten over hurdles and fences, winning 6 Grade 1s and was only taken out of the yard after the Gordon Elliott scandal nearly 2 years ago.
From that point things went downhill under the care of now trainer Henry De Bromhead. He fell in the Marsh Novices Chase at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival and then flopped at Punchestown on his first try over 3 miles on his following start. Last season ENVOI ALLEN was then messed around over mostly 2m races, a trip a bit short of his best but he still ran some nice races behind Energumene.
He returned this season back over 3 miles at Gowran Park for the Grade 1 Champion Chase and was a very good winner with horses such as Galvin in behind him. That was his second try over 3 miles, something he had clearly needed for sometime.
After 18 months it looks like Henry De Bromhead has finally got the horse back to where he wants him and on track to make up for lost time. Let’s not forget ENVOI ALLEN was once going to be the next superstar and I genuinely feel he was an unhappy horse after leaving Gordon Elliott as he was treated like a superstar in the stable and clearly missed his surroundings.
I think Kempton is the perfect course for ENVOI ALLEN as we now know he stays 3 miles but we also know he has speed and when you mix them together at Kempton you have the perfect King George horse.
We have Rachael Blackmore in the saddle who is just better than anyone in these Grade 1 races and let’s not forget the Irish always seem to do the number on UK horses.
Would anyone be surprised if ENVOI ALLEN won this race given how talented he is? I for one wouldn’t be and given he won last time on his first start of the season, you can only expect further improvement.
You have a number of horses in this race who like to get on with things and the race can be set up for a strong travelling horse like ENVOI ALLEN. E/W.
BARBADOS BUCKS 9/2 generally – 1 POINT WIN
BARBADOS BUCKS caught my eye last time out when 3rd in a decent enough handicap at Newbury. It was a step in the right direction after going off the boil last season and I am sure he has further improvement to come. He is a quirky horse but also talented if he puts it all in. This is a Pertemps Hurdle qualifier and BARBADOS BUCKS is rated 128. On that mark he would not get into the race in March so if he has any chance of getting in the Pertemps at the Cheltenham Festival, he has to be winning this race in order for his rating to go up. For that reason we know he will be trying and if he can build on his last run, he can be thereabouts. WIN.