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Elliott hails 'people's horse' as McManus enjoys fabulous four-timer

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Victory lap: Davy Russell celebrates after steering heavy favourite Envoi Allen to success in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle for Gordon Elliott. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Victory lap: Davy Russell celebrates after steering heavy favourite Envoi Allen to success in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle for Gordon Elliott. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Victory lap: Davy Russell celebrates after steering heavy favourite Envoi Allen to success in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle for Gordon Elliott. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Gordon Elliott could afford to breathe a sigh of relief as the Irish banker Envoi Allen (4/7 favourite) justified the hype to land the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle in great style and leave racing fans thinking that they may have watched a future Gold Cup winner.

Tiger Roll (8/11 favourite) may have been unable to record a Cross Country hat-trick as the heavy ground halted the Grand National hero's gallop but Elliott's latest superstar Envoi Allen made it back-to-back Festival wins with stablemate Easywork (12/1) making it a 1-2 to leave the Meath trainer purring.

"He was our best chance of the week and everyone was here to see him," said Elliott after the Cheveley Park-owned six-year-old made it nine wins from nine run under an ice-cool Davy Russell to enhance his invincible aura.

"This was the big one for the week. He is the people's horse and everyone wanted him to win. I thought Davy had given them too much lead coming down the hill but he knew the horse well - he does what he has to.

"He stays, he jumps and was bought to be a three-mile chaser. I think that is what he is going to be, but we will have to discuss next season with his owners and he will go to Punchestown."

Elliott recorded a double on the day with Aramax (15/2) landing the Grade Three Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle under Mark Walsh in the colours of JP McManus on another magical day for the Limerick owner who bagged a sensational 1,019/1 four-timer at the Cotswolds thanks to his other wins via Nicky Henderson duo Champ and Dame De Compagnie (both ridden by Barry Geraghty) and the French-trained Easysland.

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