Sport Horse Racing

Saturday 25 November 2017

Champion Chase the sole target for Sizing Europe

Thomas Kelly

Sizing Europe is to be aimed at the Queen Mother Champion Chase after he was scratched from his two other entries at the Cheltenham Festival.

Henry de Bromhead's charge took the honours in the Irish Independent Arkle Trophy last March and will again bid for two-mile glory after he was taken out of the Gold Cup and the Ryanair Chase. "He's just in the Queen Mother now. He's been good, we're delighted with him and he's in great form," said De Bromhead.

"He looks well and he always comes in to himself in the spring. He's going back to two miles, to what we know he's good at. He's spot on and we're really looking forward to it now."

The nine-year-old was runner-up to Kauto Star in the Champion Chase over three miles at Down Royal in November.

After missing the King George he did drop back to the minimum trip for the Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown two weeks ago when he was third to Golden Silver.

Meanwhile, Donald McCain will not risk Peddlers Cross in the Victor Chandler Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso on Thursday if the ground is heavy. The unbeaten six-year-old was forced to miss his intended Champion Hurdle prep when Haydock's Champion Hurdle Trial was abandoned due to frost.

McCain has instead given him options at the Borders track and in Wincanton's Kingwell Hurdle on Saturday, but his participation at the former venue hinges on the ground.

"He's not certain to go to Kelso just yet," said McCain. "I wouldn't run him in bottomless ground; that wouldn't suit him."

Irish Independent

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