Breath-taking Europe dazzles at Clonmel
Another brilliant jump from Sizing Europe under Andrew Lynch at Clonmel
(Healy Racing Photos)
On his first appearance in public at Powerstown Park, Sizing Europe put up as good a performance as has likely ever been seen at the famous old venue, to take his score over two and a half miles to four out of four. He eventually sauntered home an unflattering twenty lengths to the good from Magnanimity.
Sizing Europe's trainer Henry de Bromhead (his father Harry won this event 20 years ago with Fissure Seal) was obviously thrilled, saying: "Wow - that's all I can say. I say it every time but I'm so lucky to have him and he nearly seems to be getting better and was brilliant there.
"Andrew (Lynch, winning jockey) said he was running away with him at times coming down the hill. I'm the same as Alan (Potts, victorious owner), I'd love to see him on good ground over three miles.
"I know he is a way better horse on better ground and I don't want to see him in a slog.
"His next run is ground dependent but he'll have three entries at Christmas, the King George, the Lexus and the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet.
"I'm ruling the Tingle Creek out. The King George is a race that Alan would love to have a go at and we'll have to give it serious consideration.
"This season he is jumping so much better at the slower pace."
Andrew Lynch is pinching himself, following on from his Flemenstar win on Sunday and he said: "It was unreal – the more you pull out of him the more he wants to go. He has plenty of options now after that."
Paddy Power go 10/1 from 12s about Sizing Europe for the King George.
Stan James go 14/1 from 20s about Sizing Europe for the King George.
The same firm make him an 11/2 shot (from 6s) for the Champion Chase and 10/1 (from 14s) for the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham. (TW & EM)
Ruby Walsh no doubt is looking forward to getting the leg-up on unbeaten Glens Melody this term, but in anticipation of that, the multiple champion jockey was seen at his best to get her Presenting half-brother, Quietly Fancied (three wins now on the track to add to a point-to-point) home in the Clonmel Oil Service Station Handicap Hurdle.