Saturday 16 December 2017

De Bromhead confident that 'Europe' can step up to mark

Ashley Iveson

Henry de Bromhead is excited about the prospect of stepping up to staying distances with his stable star Sizing Europe this term.

The eight-year-old enjoyed a fantastic first campaign over fences, winning twice in Grade One company including the Irish Independent Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival.

He was far from disgraced when third against more experienced rivals in the Grade One Champion Chase at Punchestown in April and his trainer is looking forward to getting his new season under way.

"He's back cantering and he seems in mighty form and very happy," said de Bromhead (pictured).

"He was brilliant last year and it was great that he was able to show his true potential. We don't regret running him at Punchestown, we just regret not having another runner in it to give the race a bit more pace. There was just no gallop and over two miles that's what he needs.

"A couple of days later they went flat to the boards in the novice race so it was a bit disappointing, but it was great just to run against the more experienced horses.

"We're hoping to start him off in a two-mile six-furlong conditions race at Punchestown in the middle of October and we just want to see how he'd get on over a trip.

"He won his beginners' chase over two and a half miles really impressively and we want to see if he's a three-mile horse. We can give it a go and if it doesn't work, we can always come back to two miles."

Irish Independent

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