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Sizing Europe

Sizing Europe will have big-race options over a choice of trips at Christmas, including the King George VI Chase at Kempton, after cruising to the kind of victory his prohibitive odds suggested he would in the Clonmel Oil Chase.

Henry de Bromhead's multiple Grade One winner was sent off at 1-7 in the Grade Two contest against four rivals and he never looked in any bother as he jumped well all the way, following the pace set by Rathlin.

Andrew Lynch allowed him to jump to the front halfway down the back straight and he put 15 lengths between himself and his pursuers in no time at all to ease across the line 20 lengths clear of Magnanimity, who was always being pushed along.

Sizing Europe was cut to 14-1 from 20-1 for the King George by Stan James and to 10-1 from 12-1 by Paddy Power.

Lynch told At The Races: "He was unreal. Early on we went a good gallop and he grabbed a hold of the bit and half took off. He settled passing the stands, but then down the back he took off again.

"The more you pull him, the more he wants to go, but he was very good - he was running away with me most of the way. That was two and a half miles and he galloped all the way to the line, but you wouldn't be afraid of dropping back to two miles."

De Bromhead added: "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 said he was running away with him at times coming down the hill.

"I'm the same as Alan (Potts, 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 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."

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