Note
14 Feb 2011 | 19:15
Nag Me about
To add a NagMe alert you must sign in.
Forgot password?
Not a member yet?

Search: Horse Jockey Trainer Owner All

Europe bids for Cottage repeatHeadlines
Sizing Europe

Sizing Europe faces just four rivals as he completes his racecourse preparations for the Cheltenham Festival in the Boylesports.com Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown on Sunday.

Despite officially turning 11 at the start of last month, Henry de Bromhead's pride and joy has appeared better than ever in winning his three starts this season and will be long odds-on to land the Tied Cottage for the second successive year.

Andrew Lynch has guided one of Ireland's best-loved chasers to each of his six Grade One triumphs over fences, including glorious displays in the Arkle Trophy and the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham, and he is hoping he will add to his tally on Sunday.

Lynch said: "Every time you get on him it's always a good day, and hopefully everything goes to plan. You can't not look forward to riding a horse like him and if everything goes well, he's going to take a bit of beating hopefully."

Should he win as expected at Punchestown, talk will soon switch to which Cheltenham Festival race Sizing Europe should be aimed for.

He is entered in the Champion Chase, the Ryanair Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but Lynch believes no decision will be made until the likely ground conditions at Prestbury Park become clear.

"We'll get this race out of the way before we start talking about Cheltenham. The ground is going to be a big factor in where he goes," said the jockey.

Willie Mullins' star mare Blazing Tempo is the second highest-rated horse in the field for the Grade Two feature, but is still rated 21lb lower than Sizing Europe, although she gets a hefty mares' allowance.

The line-up is completed by the consistent Foildubh, Imperial Shabra and Kylebeg Krystle.

5 July 2015

'Diamond' Ainippe delights Lyons
Another German Derby for Schiergen
No luck for Geraghty on return
Geraghty unplaced on return
Arc considered for Horn swansong
Tonto earmarked for York date
Pace set for July Stakes
Dods: Angel can embrace joy of six
Kurland set for Newmarket return
Galway beckons for 'improving' Wood
Mountain set for trip descent
Outstanding third in Belmont Oaks
No joy for Postulation in USA
Golden shines in Eclipse victory
Eye sees off Marathon rivals
Blond shows her true colours
Notarised lands Newton prize
Basem proves up to Challenge
Tiana takes Oaks triumph
Waady leads the Charge
Cymro claims Haydock honours
Maria added to Falmouth field

4 July 2015

Horn calls the tune in Eclipse
Tiana takes Oaks triumph
Flash fires home
Majestic vies for Fairyhouse rule
Geraghty back in business
Walsh indebted to king Kauto
Angel confirmed Sandown non-runner
Doyle and Johnston shine at Sandown
Johnson scorches to fastest fifty
Windshear up for the Cup
Muhaarar in great form - Hills
Chantilly off the radar for Test
Gatsby sets sights on Horn
Queen aiming to reign in Oaks
Gosden respects Golden rivals

3 July 2015

Cyclone set for Leopardstown outing
Waady aiming to step up
Angel major Sandown doubt
Strong Gosden hand at Newmarket
Doyle up for the Challenge
Sandown team mull watering plans
Kazeem on comeback trail
Lennox option for Limato
Magnificent seven for Elliott
Pendleton thrilled with first ride
Balding hoping for Park August run
Kirby unscathed in house fire
Pilot charters path to York
Provenance has claims on Sandown
Soapy out to slay Dragon rivals
Spencer rides Gatsby in Eclipse
Space considered for Ascot return

2 July 2015

Creighton discharged from hospital
Postulation checks in at Belmont
Charming thoughts turn to Doncaster
Deauville date for Diamond
Mecca's takes Thirsk honours
Dods waits on Angel decision
Soumillon takes Certain ride
Mile on Spear radar
September aim for Tryster
Cup aim for Arab
Time out for Hannon aces
Close encounter excites Doyle
Island to drop in grade

About | Terms | Privacy | Manage Alerts | Manage Account | © 2015