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Sizing Europe

Sizing Europe will be given entries in three championship races at Cheltenham - the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the Ryanair Chase and the Betfred Gold Cup.

While trainer Henry de Bromhead admits the Champion Chase would be the "favourite" he wants to keep all options open, as his latest success came in the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase over two miles and a furlong at Leopardstown, but he was not quite as convincing there as he had been for his two previous wins this season, both over two and a half miles.

"He seems in great form. We were delighted with him. Any day you win a Grade One is a great day," De Bromhead told At The Races.

"We'd love to see him one day over three miles on good ground. We've said he definitely wants good ground and we were delighted we weren't at Kempton (for the King George VI Chase) the way it turned out to be a real slog. That wouldn't have suited us.

"We just want to weigh everything up and see. He's a Champion Chase winner so I suppose that would have to be favourite, but a couple of his runs earlier this season were very good over two and a half.

"He probably wasn't as impressive the last day at Leopardstown against a higher-rated horse (than on his two previous runs) in Rubi Light, so I wouldn't like to say yet.

"I will discuss it with Alan and Ann (Potts, owners) and we'll decide in the next month or so.

"He'd probably be the highest-rated of them in the Ryanair but I haven't analysed it all yet. We will probably enter him in the three races. They all close very soon and it will at least keep our options open."

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28 September 2014

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