Sizing Europe wins Champion chase

Sizing Europe led home an Irish 1-2-3-4 in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday afternoon.

Henry de Bromhead’s 2010 Arkle winner, took up the running on the downhill run under Andrew Lynch and stayed on strongly to deny Big Zeb. Captain Cee Bee was third and Golden Silver fourth.

Lynch said: “I’m delighted and the horse jumped an awful lot better today. “He travelled really well and I was afraid something might just quicken past me up the straight, but he’s a hardy boy. Henry always said he wanted a strongly-run, two-mile race, and this is the only race all year that suits him.”

De Bromhead said: “He’s a good horse to have around and it’s been an unbelievable week. I’m very lucky to have good horses. This fellow was electric and Andrew gave him a brilliant ride again. The horse is amazing and we have a great team behind us.”

“Andrew was phenomenal on him. He has no turn of foot, he just gallops and gallops so you have to just let him go. They weren’t going fast enough so Andrew took him up and he jumped great, apart from the second-last. We always said the King George would be our decision-maker over three miles but when that was off, we thought he was proven here so we might as well go for it. We decided that in mid-January. Ground makes such a difference to him, he just bounces off it. He was so quiet this morning that I said to his lass he’s either dead or in a very chilled-out zone. We were praying it was a chilled-out zone, which it was.”


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