Blackmore and Envoi Allen comb...


Blackmore and Envoi Allen combine for Leopardstown Grade One success

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Rachael Blackmore set aside the disappointment of Kempton to claim Grade One success at Leopardstown today.

The Tipperary native - who was aboard an out-of-sorts Minella Indo in the King George yesterday at Kempton - guided Envoi Allen to victory in the Paddy's Rewards Club Chase.

There were only three runners in the field, after Chacun Pour Soi was withdrawn this morning.

The decision was taken after the Willie Mullins-trained nine-year-old was found lame this morning.

The race developed into a battle between Envoi Allen and Battleoverdoyen, with Henry De Bromhead's Envoi Allen doing enough late on to secure victory.

Elsewhere at Leopardstown, the Future Champions Novice Hurdle ended in a win for Mighty Potter.

Jack Kennedy was aboard to help Elliott to a one-two, with stablemate Three Stripe Life in second.

In the Paddy Power Chase, Sean Flanagan steered School Boy Hours home in first.

The Noel Meade-trained winner - owned by JP McManus - took the honours ahead of Ben Dundee in second.

The second day of the Limerick Christmas Festival produced an unlikely winner in the final race of the day.

An Forghus, at a price of 125-1, clinched the honours under James Conheady.

Earlier, Bryan Cooper steered 11-8 favourite Eirc Bloodaxe to victory for Joseph O'Brien and Gigginstown House in the Grade Two Novice Hurdle.

Cross channel, there was a significant win for Shishkin at Kempton.

The Nickey Henderson-trained seven-year-old secured an impressive win in the Desert Orchid Chase.

It was Shishkin's first race in over eight months.

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