Wednesday 17 January 2018

Murphy to pilot Sizing Europe at Festival

ENGLISH-BASED Timmy Murphy will replace the injured Andrew Lynch on Sizing Europe at Punchestown next week.

The unfortunate Lynch took a heavy fall from Fearless Falcon in the juvenile hurdle at Fairyhouse on Tuesday. The jockey had been enjoying his best season to date, riding two winners at Cheltenham, including Sizing Europe in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Murphy has ridden Sizing Europe to victory before, in the Greatwood Hurdle of 2007, and was back among the big winners in the Bet365 Gold Cup last weekend with Poker De Sivola.

"Unfortunately, the results of Andrew's X-rays have confirmed that he's broken his left wrist and fractured his right humerus," trainer Henry de Bromhead stated.

"This means he won't be able to ride Sizing Europe at Punchestown. It's a great shame for Andrew as he knows the horse inside out and he's got on so well with him so far this term.

"We spoke with Alan and Ann Potts (owners) about who will replace Andrew and I'm happy to say that Timmy Murphy will take the ride. We've also asked Timmy to deputise on the majority of our runners next week and hopefully he'll be free to do so."

Meanwhile, the ex-Nicky Henderson-trained Zaynar is set to make his debut for Nick Williams in France next Wednesday. The 2009 Triumph Hurdle winner has been below his best in three runs for Henderson this season and the syndicate that own him, which includes bookmaker Victor Chandler, decided a change of scenery would benefit the six-year-old.

Fresh from winning a cross-country race with stable stalwart Maljimar at Compiegne on Tuesday, Williams and jockey Daryl Jacob are preparing for another cross-channel raid in the Prix D'Avignon at Enghien.

Irish Independent

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