Review Leopardstown 27th Dec

Thu 27th Dec 2012, 16:00

Sizing Europe (Andrew Lynch) jumps the last to win the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase
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Sizing Europe (1-3) made it three out of three for the campaign in the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown.

Henry de Bromhead deliberated long and hard about his stable star's Christmas target and testing conditions swayed the vote in favour of this two-mile-one-furlong Grade One.

He disputed the lead with Rubi Light and set sail for home approaching the home turn, but Rubi Light wouldn't go away andp>Sizing Europe was all out to keep him two and a half lengths at bay.

Jezki underlined his claims of being the best two-mile novice in the land with a classy performance in the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle.

Jessie Harrington's 11-8 favourite sprinted smartly after the last to inflict a six-length defeat on Waaheb, adding to his Royal Bond triumph from earlier in the month.

Colbert Station justified 5-1 favouritism in the valuable Paddy Power Chase.

The choice of Tony McCoy, Ted Walsh's charge cruised into the lead rounding the home turn and stayed on well to beat Romanesco by five and a half lengths.

Flaxen Flare showed a pleasing attitude to make a winning start to his NH career in the Paddy Power On Your Mobile 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle.

Formerly with Andrew Balding, the 11-1 shot took the lead off Diplomat at the last on his debut for Gordon Elliott and readily held off the threat of Ibsen by two and a quarter lengths.

Mumbo Jumbo was made to work hard to land odds of 4-6 in the Paddy Power Maiden Hurdle, appearing to be beaten by Celtic Cailin jumping the last, only to rally to prevail by a length and a half.

Mags and Danny Mullins followed up Mumbo Jumbo's victory when Cairdin (12-1) reacted to the application of blinkers by landing the Paddy Power Handicap Hurdle, while Nina Carberry got Mullaghanoe River up close home in the Paddy Power On Your Mobile INH Flat Race.

GRAND NATIONAL - The Northern Challenge

The Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore was the last northern-trained horse to win the Grand National back in 2013 but recent victories for that part of the country have been thin on the ground since the likes of Lucius, Rubstic and Hallo Dandy in the late 70s early 80’s showed that steeplechasing was in a healthy state north of the Watford Gap with the likes of Gordon W Richards, Denys Smith, Arthur Stephenson, Peter Easterby and Jimmy Fitzgerald capable of holding their own against their southern and Irish counterparts.