Envoi Allen and Samcro: Gordon Elliott’s Plans




Gordon Elliott with Envoi Allen


Gordon Elliott has revealed he believes that the Marsh Novices’ Chase will be the next step for Envoi Allen
on his path to potential success in a future Gold Cup run.

In an interview with Racing TV earlier this month, the National Hunt trainer confirmed that the Gold Cup
has always been the goal for Envoi Allen in the long-term.

“The Gold Cup is a long way away even if we did buy him with the dream of him being a Gold Cup
horse. But if you had asked me to put my hand on heart and say we are probably looking at the
JLT over the 2m5f.”

The unbeaten gelding ran out an expected-but-emphatic winner in the Ballymore earlier this year,
showing an excellent turn of foot to make up four lengths in a matter of strides coming on to the
home straight to see off stablemate Easywork in impressive style.

The victory raised the question of ‘where next?’ amongst racing fans as the six-year-old had
displayed talent and ability that looked limitless, but Elliott confirmed the goal for the future has
always been the Gold Cup.

“He was bought obviously to be a Gold Cup horse, we were buying him with the dream, like you do every
horse, that we were buying a Gold Cup horse.  That’s the way we want to train him. We’re going to train
him like he’s a top class chaser.”

However, the yard is yet to see the 2019 Champion Bumper winner over fences. Elliott added: “He was
schooled over fences with Colin Bowe, so we haven’t actually schooled this year yet. But he is in good
form at home and I am sure it’ll only be a formality jumping.”

Envoi Allen

But one chaser that the entire yard will be familiar with is 2020 Marsh winner Samcro, who is held in
very high-regard by his trainer.

Gordon Elliott with Samcro

“He’s done very well on his holidays this year and he looks great so we’re looking forward to having a
go at it (Cheltenham) again. He’s a gentleman of a horse.”

The gelding recorded his second victory at the Cheltenham Festival earlier this year, battling on well to
see off a late challenge from Willie Mullins’ Melon, with the winning margin being recorded as just a nose.

However, punters may not have enjoyed the victory as much as Elliott and his team, with many reluctant
to back the 2018 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle winner at the festival due to his form coming into the race not
reading well. Especially after finishing a ten-length second to 3/1 market favourite Faugheen in his final
preparation run.

However, now the eight-year-old has returned to the Winner’s Enclosure, Elliott and his team will be hoping
that Samcro will kickstart the 2020/21 season with a newfound confidence as they seek further Cheltenham
glory with him.

“I think he’ll be more of a Ryanair horse than a Champion Chase horse to be honest. If you asked me where
we’d go at Cheltenham, I’d say probably the Ryanair.”


Envoi Allen is best priced at 3/1 for the Marsh Novices Chase 2021, and Samcro is best priced at 12/1 for
the Ryanair Chase 2021. With the best price for the double being 51/1 with William Hill.

By Charlie Parker-Turner