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  • Sizing Europe Scores At Leopardstown

Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase (Grade 1) 2m 1f

  • (5yo+, 2m 1f, Class 1, 5 runners)
  • Winner €65,000 2nd €19,000 3rd €9,000 4th €3,000
  • Going: Soft, Yielding to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 4m 18.80s
  • Off time: 13:26:02
  • Last Updated: December 27 2012, 14:34 GMT

Sizing Europe held off the challenge of Rubi Light to take the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown.

  • Sizing Europe: Another victory
  • Winning jockey Andrew Lynch seems suitably impressed 

The ultra-consistent performer, who sidestepped a possible tilt at the King George to go back down in trip nearer to home, didn't always jump with his usual aplomb but despite briefly appearing as if he might be in trouble after the final fence, kept on strongly to hold Rubi Light by two and a half lengths, with Edgardo Sol a further 15 lengths back in third.

Trainer Henry de Bromhead indicated after the race that Sizing Europe could be entered in the Champion Chase, the Ryanair and the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival as connections juggle their options.

De Bromhead said: "That was great, we're very lucky to have him, he makes training a lot easier.

"You wouldn't really want him to be taking a hold like he did there over two miles (but) he loves this game, he just loves it.

"I'm very relieved as when you are 1-3 (favourite), second is disappointing. It's great to win that race now and we'll work on from there to Cheltenham. I don't know what we are going to do yet.

"He could possibly be entered in the three big chases (Gold Cup, Queen Mother Champion Chase and Ryanair) at Cheltenham.

"For me he's looking far more like a stayer this year so we'll see, it's all a long way away yet. We'll try to get him there first."

Lynch said: "Sizing Europe has been a very good horse to me. He was very fresh in the race early on and was running a bit keen.

"Rubi Light was jumping great alongside us and both of them are in fact very good horses to jump.

"He started to idle a bit out in front on his own but at least he won. He felt the ground very dead, he's way better on good ground but he got away with it today. He stays well, he did it well."

Sky Bet cut the odds of the winner to regain his Champion Chase title from 7/1 to 6/1.

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