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'She’s been a star' - Harry Fry hails Love Envoi after retirement

Harry Fry has paid tribute to the admirable mare Love Envoi after her retirement at the Cheltenham Festival.

The bay provided connections with an unforgettable day at the meeting in 2022 when landing the Ryanair Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle, the highlight of an excellent season where she won five successive contests.

The following year, she returned to take on Honeysuckle in the Grade One Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle and though it was Henry de Bromhead’s superstar who came out on top, Love Envoi was a tough and gallant second when going down by a length and a half.

This term, she began her season with second-placed runs in both the Fighting Fifth Hurdle and the Unibet Hurdle, after which she headed back to Cheltenham for the Mares’ Hurdle as a 14-1 chance.

In a field of 11, the eight-year-old came home a respectable fifth behind the exciting Lossiemouth, and that run will be her last, as she is now set to retire to become a broodmare.

“She’s been a star. She was our second Festival winner and she’s been really consistent, running in some top races over the last couple of seasons,” Fry said.

“It wasn’t quite the swansong we were hoping for, she was still in there with every chance turning in, but younger and fresher legs told.

“Now she will go off to start her second career.

“We won’t be able to replace her, the likes of her don’t come around too often, but they are wonderful memories that she provided us with.”

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