Europe Among Dial-A-Bet Field

Wed 19th Dec 2012, 14:09

Sizing Europe
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Sizing Europe is one of nine possible runners in the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown on December 27.

The multiple Grade One winner has looked as good as ever in winning his two starts this season and the Dial-A-Bet Chase is one of three possible options for him next week, the other two being the Lexus Chase and the King George VI Chase.

Trainer Henry de Bromhead revealed earlier this week his stable star was more likely to stay at home rather than travel to Kempton for the King George.

If he does line up in the Dial-A-Bet Chase over two miles he could face old rivals Big Zeb and Forpadydeplasterer.

Robbie Hennessy's Rubi Light is set to come back in trip having finished a distant third in the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase, while champion trainer Willie Mullins has only one entry in talented mare Blazing Tempo.

Edgardo Sol, trained by British champion Paul Nicholls, is the sole overseas contender.

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.

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