Sizing Europe Retired
A horse of a lifetime for connections, Sizing Europe has been retired today at the age of 13 following a glittering career for trainer Henry De Bromhead and owners Ann and Alan Potts.
Won a remarkable 8 Grade One races in a superb career and might have been more but for injury when well fancied to land a Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival but suffering injury during the contest. It was over fences that the horse would really make a mark and win the Arkle in 2010 and then the following years Champion Chase at the Festival with his trademark domination of jumping and speeed from the front.
The trainer Henry De Bromhead released the news on twitter earlier today and then reported to the press.
“We gave it a good bit of thought and we’re happy that he’s retiring in one piece. We had some great days in Cheltenham but there were also great days in Punchestown, Leopardstown and Sandown. He’s going to take part in the racehorse to riding shows now. There are some great days in Ireland during the summer and he’ll go to Rosemary Connors to do that, who did all his flat work with him.”
“He’s been the horse of a lifetime, really.”
A big part of the story has been jockey Andrew Lynch. ” He’s been unbelievable for my career and we had some fantastic days.”
“There were the two winners at Cheltenham and then for him to go and win in Punchestown last year just capped it all off. It’s been a brilliant training performance from Henry and all the lads in the yard to keep him so fresh and well for so long. He was a brilliant jumper. I think he only fell once in his life and that was over hurdles with Ruby (Walsh) riding him one day.
“He was just a brilliant horse with a massive heart.”
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