No King George For Europe

Thu 20th Dec 2012, 12:25

Sizing Europe and Andrew Lynch in winning action at Clonmel last month
©Healy Racing Photos
By Alan Magee
Racegoers at Leopardstown over Christmas can look forward to seeing Sizing Europe in action after trainer Henry de Bromhead went some way towards finalising plans for his star chaser over the Festive period.

Connections had been considering a tilt at the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton.

However that option was ruled out by de Bromhead on Twitter this morning, with a couple of options still available for his charge at the Foxrock venue.

De Bromhead tweeted, "We've definitely ruled out the King George for Sizing Europe due to the ground. The Dial A Bet chase and Lexus chase are now his two options".

The ten-year-old gelding is the red-hot 1/2 favourite with the sponsors for the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase over two miles and a furlong, while he is also one of a dozen entries for the Lexus Chase over three miles.

The Lexus has attracted a stellar entry with the likes of Flemenstar, Sir Des Champs and Tidal Bay all set to line-up.

Will there be another Irish winner at Aintree?

A lot has been said recently about the fact that the Irish contingent at Cheltenham tend to stoke up the fires of Anglo-Irish needle with their flag waving and chest beating due to our incredible success in recent years. As pointed out previously, this is nothing more than a bit of harmless fun that some folk on both sides of the Irish Sea take a little too seriously.