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Europe rolls back the years

Sizing Europe proved that age is just a number in today’s Champion Chase at Punchestown, powering clear of a quality field to take the Grade 1 contest, all at the ripe old age of 12.

Henry de Bromhead’s superstar recorded the first success of his illustrious career at the track back in 2009 and it is hard to imagine that 5 years have passed since, particularly after today’s performance.  The veteran looked like an exuberant 4yo as he tested the strength of long time ally Andrew Lynch throughout the 2 mile contest, jumping supremely as he enjoyed himself on his beloved good ground.

Having sat just off the pace set by Baily Green, Sizing Europe and Lynch hit the front as the field turned for home and as his younger rivals faded in behind the pair found more and more.  A supreme jump at the last sealed the deal before they pulled clear on the run in to win by 5 1/2 lengths to British raider Ballynagour. Grand Annual Chase winner Savello was just a head back in third.

This was the veteran’s eight Grade 1 victory and a somewhat shell-shocked trainer de Bromhead said of the old warrior:  “He is just unbelievable, he was running away with Andrew. He was just loving it. I’m speechless.

“He seemed to travel well throughout and he just seemed to enjoy himself.

“He’s helped us build a business,” said the trainer. “We’ve had him for eight great years.

“The first day we went and galloped him in a schooling race he came through and won and I kind of knew then he was good. He took a while to show it on the track, but we know what he can do now.”


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