Envoi Allen won the Ladbrokes Champion Chase while being ridden by Rachael Blackmore at his favourite Down Royal.

Envoi Allen had never lost at Down Royal, and with a valiant performance under Blackmore, he made it four straight victories at his favourite hunting ground. Envoi Allen won by a length and three quarters over the front-running Kemboy.

Envoi Allen didn’t quite display the flare and flamboyance that we were accustomed to seeing from him as a beginner, but he buckled down when it was time to win, earning his seventh triumph at the Grade 1 level and a total of 14 victories.

Blackmore said: “I didn’t jump half as well as I can to be honest. He was there when I needed him, though. He’s a horse with so much talent and everyone knows that. It was great to get his head back in front. It’s fantastic to win it.

“He’s an incredible horse, he really is. He’s got so much ability and it’s just getting it out of him is the thing. It’s fantastic to win this race but we are all thinking of Jack [De Bromhead] on a day like this.

“Envoi was lovely and relaxed. He’s a funny horse in that he might be lovely and relaxed and then he would just lock on with you. You’re always trying to keep him switched off. He didn’t jump as well as he can today for whatever reason but he was still able to get the job done when it was needed. 

“Henry has done a brilliant job with him. He was ready for today. It was great to win in these colours too, they have provided me with a lot of good days. It’s great to win a really big one like this.”

In response to the victory, Paddy Power lowered Envoi Allen’s odds for the King George at Kempton to 14-1 (from 25) and added him to their Cheltenham Gold Cup market at 25-1.

Envoi Allen faced the stiffest opposition from Kemboy, forcing him to exert all of his effort in the closing stages as the Gordon Elliott-trained pair faded as the race heated up over the final three jumps.

Conflated performed nicely for a considerable distance despite being a large drifter on the day who eased all the way out to 13-2, and he appears to be improving for his reappearance.

Galvin, the 5-6 favourite, put out a rather meek performance and didn’t jump as fluidly as normal. He was never dangerous, but the writing was there from a great distance away.

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