LiveScore Racing News: Cheveley Park duo heading straight to Cheltenham

Cheltenham is next up for A Plus Tard
Cheltenham is next up for A Plus Tard

Connections have indicated that Cheveley Park Stud duo A Plus Tard and Envoi Allen will next be seen in competitive action at the Cheltenham Festival.

A Plus Tard finished runner-up in last year's Cheltenham Gold Cup, coming in just a length and a quarter behind his Henry de Bromhead-trained stablemate Minella Indo. 

The eight-year-old returned to action this season with victory in the Grade One Betfair Chase at Haydock in November, although he then had to make do with finishing second to Galvin in the Savills Chase at Leopardstown on his most recent appearance over the festive period. 

That will be A Plus Tard's final outing before the festival, with Richard Thompson of owners Cheveley Park Stud confirming that all roads now lead to Prestbury Park for the Kapgarde gelding, who he believes can go one better and land Gold Cup glory this year. 

Thompson said: "He'll just go straight to Cheltenham now, that's the plan, that worked well [last year] so he won't run again before Cheltenham.

"We will go there with a great chance I think and as long as the race pans out for us well, he'll have a terrific chance, hopefully.

"He's definitely my personal favourite, I just love the way he's so consistent." 

Envoi Allen is looking to set the record straight
Envoi Allen is looking to set the record straight

Envoi Allen is also expected to head straight to the festival, where connections will be hoping he can put to bed the disappointment of 12 months ago when he fell in the Marsh Novices' Chase. 

That ended an 11-race winning run for the De Bromhead-trained eight-year-old, and his form has been sporadic since, although he did claim Grade One honours on his most recent outing in last month's Paddy's Rewards Club Chase at Leopardstown. 

Thompson is hopeful that victory can kickstart a return to his consistent best for Envoi Allen, who will be aimed at either the Ryanair or Champion Chase at Cheltenham. 

He added: "A little bit of the gloss has come off Envoi in the recent months but he's won his sixth Grade One.

"He's won us a Ballymore, he's won us a Champion Bumper - he owes us nothing. He's got an entry for the Champion Chase and the Ryanair, he could go for either. 

"We'll look at the situation nearer the time most probably, I don't think he'll run again before Cheltenham. At the moment I think it's 50-50, Ryanair or Champion Chase."

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