Envoi Allen is among a list of 25 entries for the Grade 1 Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle with trainer Gordon Elliott confirming that his unbeaten five-year-old could step up in trip for the first time in the opening Grade 1 race of 2020, writes Brian Sheerin.
Elliott, who won the Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle last year with Battleoverdoyen, has made six entries for the race and they include the highly touted Abacadabras and Andy Dufresne.
"It's been a lucky race for us in the past and it's one we like to target with some of our best novice hurdlers. This season we seem to have a very nice crop of novice hurdlers and I'd hope that we will be well represented this time around,” Elliott said on Thursday.
"Obviously it's a busy time of year and plenty of horses have plenty of options over the Christmas period so we've got to sit down and decide where to go with various horses.
Envoi Allen is definitely in the mix for Naas as is Abacadabras and then we'll see what happens in the Grade 2 at Navan on Sunday where I'd expect to run a couple of promising types.
"After Envoi Allen won the Royal Bond I thought that the likely options for him were either Leopardstown or the Lawlor's Hurdle at Naas and I'm looking forward to eventually stepping him up in distance.
“Whether that will be in the Lawlor's race or later in the season remains to be seen but the Naas race is one we like to target with some our of best novices and it's a race we will be looking forward to."