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Lynch eyes swift return to duty

Andrew Lynch hopes to be back in action before the end of the month. The jump jockey broke his leg in a fall at Cork in May and is pleased with his recovery.

"I've been doing a lot of swimming and a lot of cycling," said Lynch. "I was with my specialist a week on Wednesday and he was very happy with me.

"It's coming along well and hopefully I'll be back in two weeks' time. It's taken a little bit longer than I would have thought but the specialist seems happy.

"Being realistic it will be a week or two after Listowel. It's been frustrating, but I'm looking forward to getting back."

Lynch is well known for his association with the top-class two-mile champion Sizing Europe, who is reported in great form by trainer Henry de Bromhead.

"He's bouncing, the guy who rides him most days says he is like a two-year-old at the moment -- he's absolutely bouncing,'' said the Waterford handler.

"Gowran [Champion Chase in October] seemed to work well last year so I'd say he'd aim for the Grade Two in Gowran and work from there and see how we go."

Meanwhile, Cirrus Des Aigles will not run in the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown next Saturday.

French trainer Corine Barande-Barbe feels the three-times Group One winner could be overwhelmed against the likes of Nathaniel and Snow Fairy on what would be his first start since May.

The six-year-old gelding will instead have a prep race in his homeland as he builds towards a clash with Frankel in his defence of the Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 20.

"He will not run in Ireland. The Irish Champion looks like it will be a very good race and it might be too much for him -- he has been off for a long time,'' said Barande-Barbe.

"He is very well and we are very happy with him, but we will prepare for Ascot in France. He could run in La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte, or there is also the Prix Dollar a day before the Arc.

"He finished second in that race [Prix Dollar] last year and it could fit well. The English Champion is the big plan."

Sunday Indo Sport