Wednesday 17 January 2018

Simple for Sizing Europe in oil money chase

SIZING Europe waltzed to victory as his prohibitive odds suggested he would in the Clonmel Oil Chase.

Henry de Bromhead's multiple Grade One winner was sent off at 1-7 in the Grade Two contest against four rivals and he never looked in any serious bother.

Rathlin set out to make most of the running in the second colours of owners Gigginstown House Stud, with Magnanimity, in the first-choice silks, settled in behind.

Andrew Lynch was happy to keep the 2011 Queen Mother Champion Chase winner in third in the early stages but Lynch soon moved him up to track the leader.

Tranquil Sea, who has won the last two renewals of the race, was in the field but he could never land a serious blow.

Having pulled Sizing Europe out at Down Royal because of heavy ground, the ground was once again testing, but the two-and-a-half-mile trip did not stretch him as much.

The class act took up the running halfway down the back straight and put 15 lengths between himself and his pursuers in no time to cross the line well clear of Magnanimity.

Lynch told At The Races: "He was unreal. Early on we went a good gallop and he grabbed a hold of the bit and half took off.

"He settled passing the stands but then down the back he took off again.

"The more you pull him, the more he wants to go, but he was very good - he was running away with me most of the way.

"That was two and a half miles and he galloped all the way to the line, but you wouldn't be afraid of dropping back to two miles."

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