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Wednesday 23rd December 2020
Envoi Allen the 2021 Cheltenham Festival Banker

The 2021 Cheltenham festival is now fast approaching, as we move into the Christmas break. Anticipation continues to build, on what is the biggest and most followed event in the national hunt calendar and also one of the biggest sporting events in the UK each year. 2021 is set to be no different, as punters continue to get involved on the ante-post markets. They have also been using no kyc casinos, which have proven a popular go-to for many, as a means of online entertainment throughout the lockdowns enforced across the country. Looking ahead to the festival and one of the most popular ante-post bets has been on Envoi Allen and he has to go in as the banker of the meeting at a general even money favourite for the Marsh Novices chase.

The six-year-old is trained by Gordon Elliott and owned by Cheveley Park stud. He has quickly established himself into the leading force of national hunt racing, with many people already looking ahead to future Gold cup success. Envoi Allen has won all of his 10 starts under rules, so it is little surprise why he has such a big reputation. This includes him winning the 2019 Champion bumper, when battling on gamely to hold off the challenge of Blue Sari and land odds of 2/1.

The following year and Envoi Allen then followed up in the 2020 running of the Ballymore Novices’ hurdle. This was ultra-impressive, as he was six lengths off the pace turning for home. Envoi Allen then made up the ground easily and drew clear to win by just over four lengths. It was an eye-catching performance and further stamped him down, as the leading light of the sport at present.

Envoi Allen has returned over fences this season, following a 233-day break. It has seen him win on both occasions, by six lengths, before winning by just over eight lengths most recently. It is clear he now goes into the festival as the clear horse to beat and is going to take the world of beating, so the even money is likely to prove a very popular bet. Can the horse win and then go onto future Gold Cup success?

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