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Envoi Allen settling in after high-profile move to Henry de Bromhead

PA Sport 6:23pm, Thu 4 Mar 2021

Envoi Allen in full flight at Punchestown (PA) Envoi Allen is reported to be settling in well after his move to Henry de Bromhead’s yard. The unbeaten seven-year-old is arguably the most exciting National Hunt horse in training, having twice won at the Cheltenham Festival. He is three from three over fences since switching to the larger obstacles this season.

Rachael Blackmore set to partner A Plus Tard in Gold Cup

PA Sport 5:46pm, Thu 4 Mar 2021

Jockey Rachael Blackmore is to be reunited with A Plus Tard in the WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup (Simon Cooper/PA) Rachael Blackmore is set to ride A Plus Tard in the WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup, trainer Henry de Bromhead has revealed, with Jack Kennedy on his other runner, Minella Indo. Blackmore partnered A Plus Tard to victory in the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase at the Festival in 2019 and when third in the Ryanair Chase last year.

Paisley Park raring to go as Stayers’ Hurdle date approaches

PA Sport 3:34pm, Thu 4 Mar 2021

Paisley Park is out to regain his Stayers’ Hurdle crown (David Davies/PA) Emma Lavelle is counting down the days to Paisley Park’s bid to regain his crown in the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. The nine-year-old looked set to dominate the division for years to come when claiming Festival glory in 2019, but was found to be suffering from a heart problem when bidding for back-to-back victories 12 months ago.

Wonderwall tuned up for Champion Bumper bid

PA Sport 3:23pm, Thu 4 Mar 2021

Wonderwall (right) made a winning debut in the Coral Supporting Prostate Cancer UK Standard Open NH Flat Race at Ascot (Alan Crowhurst/PA) Richard Spencer is confident his Weatherbys Champion Bumper contender Wonderwall is capable of running a big race at the Cheltenham Festival. Spencer’s Ascot winner is a general 25-1 shot for the Grade One on day two of the showpiece meeting.

Friday morning start for Gordon Elliott hearing

PA Sport 12:16pm, Thu 4 Mar 2021

Gordon Elliott’s IHRB hearing will take place on Friday (PA) The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board’s referrals committee will begin hearing evidence at 9.30am on Friday, in the Gordon Elliott investigation. Elliott has been “cooperating fully” with the IHRB since it was announced after a photograph of him sitting on a dead horse was posted on social media last weekend.

Muir plots high-profile campaign for Pyledriver

PA Sport 9:00am, Thu 4 Mar 2021

Pyledriver is set for a busy four-year-old campaign (Edward Whitaker/PA) William Muir has outlined a “road map” for Pyledriver, who he feels will make his mark in 2021. The Lambourn trainer reports his stable star to have thrived physically during the winter and is looking forward to pitching him into the top middle-distance events during the season.

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