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Europe makes henry 'tingle'

De Bromhead confident for Sandown showdownQueen Mother Champion Chase hero Sizing Europe will revert to his seemingly favoured trip of two miles on Saturday as he heads the entries for Sandown's Tingle Creek.

Boylesports were yesterday evening a stand-out price of 11/4 about Sizing Europe for the Grade One contest, with most firms around about the 2/1 mark or even shorter.

Henry de Bromhead said of his stable star: "Sandown is the plan at the moment, he seems in good form and we'll give it a go."

The Waterford trainer is hoping he has Sizing Europe back in peak form after a gruelling and devastating defeat in the final strides of the JNWine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal earlier this month.

"It was obviously a fairly tough race the last day but he seems in good form now and we're happy to let him take his chance at Sandown.



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"For the moment we'll concentrate on two to two-and-a-half miles but I wouldn't rule out going back up to three at some time -- probably on better ground than he had at Down Royal."

Paul Nicholls is likely to side with Tataniano in the race, although he did give Kauto Stone, Kauto Star's half brother, an entry in case rainfall materialised, and he is extremely unlikely to have two runners.

Finian's Rainbow is the current second favourite for what will be his first start out of novice company for the in-form Nicky Henderson and Barry Geraghty.

Last year's winner, Hello Bud, is among 26 possibilities for Aintree's Becher Chase also on Saturday which also features the Irish quintet of Another Palm, Merchant Paddy, Notre Pere, Rare Bob and Uncle Junior.

Dessie Hughes, who won the race in 2008 and 2009 with Black Apalachi and Vic Venturi could send out former Grade One winner Rare Bob, while former Welsh National winner Notre Pere is an intended entry for Barry Potts.

Meanwhile, Leopardstown Racecourse made a welcome announcement yesterday in conjunction with Boylesports, who will now sponsor the opening day of the Dublin track's new two-day January meeting on January 28th.

The flagship race of the opening day will now become the Boylesports.com Hurdle (formerly MCR Hurdle), and the bookmaking firm will also sponsor the Grade Two Boylesports.com Novice Chase.

In addition, winning connections of the two races will have an added incentive at Cheltenham as the winner of the handicap hurdle stands in line to win €100,000 should they claim any race at the Cheltenham Festival in March, while a €50,000 prize is on offer for the winner of the novice chase.

Ciaran Conroy of Leopardstown Racecourse said: "We are delighted to welcome Boylesports to Leopardstown as the new sponsor of the prestigious Boylesports.com Hurdle. This race has always been regarded as one of the most exciting and hotly contested races in the National Hunt calendar."


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