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Sizing secures Punchestown win

Updated: Sunday, 15 Nov 2009 17:21

Sizing Europe is clear favourite for the Arkle Trophy
Sizing Europe is clear favourite for the Arkle Trophy

Sizing Europe maintained his unbeaten record over fences with another faultless display in the Grade Two Craddockstown Novice Chase at Punchestown.

Henry de Bromhead's stable star was sent off the 1-3 favourite to follow up a victory at the course a month ago and travelled sweetly throughout under Andrew Lynch.

The seven-year-old cruised to the front after jumping the third-last fence and the result was in little doubt thereafter.

Having produced a typically assured leap at the final obstacle, Sizing Europe eased to a six-length victory over Major Finnegan.

De Bromhead said: ‘That was great, Andrew was so wise on him and he just popped him around. He gave him a very cool ride he was brilliant on him.

‘The Drinmore Chase at Fairyhouse is unlikely as it's only two weeks away.

‘Leopardstown at Christmas will be his next outing I'd say and hopefully he'll get some nice ground there, but I'll have to speak with the owners before we make any decisions.

‘He's a Champion Hurdle winner so I didn't see why we should step him in trip just yet but I do think in time he'll get further.’

Aranleigh held off the unlucky Coolcashin in a thrilling finish to the Florida Pearl Novice Chase.

The Tony Mullins-trained winner travelled strongly under Mark Walsh throughout the Grade Three contest, and was left disputing the lead with Fisher Bridge when favourite Clan Tara made a bad mistake three from home.

That error caused major interference to Coolcashin on the rail, which proved crucial.

Aranleigh (11-2) tired on the run-in and Coolcashin finished strongly to go down by just a short head.

Mullins said: ‘His jumping kept him right in the race. He seems to be an excellent jumper. He idled a bit in front.

‘From what he shows at home, there's a lot more to come, but he has to prove that in public now.

‘He will probably go to Leopardstown at Christmas next.

‘He's improved from Wexford but to be at the top level he'll have to improve again, but I think he might.

‘His pedigree suggests he's a two-miler but they all say he's a stayer.’

Blueberry Boy once again demonstrated his love for the track when making most of the running in the Bar One Racing Handicap Chase.

The 10-year-old was sent off at 5-1 to secure his fifth victory in seven starts at the course and led his rivals into the home straight.

Pom Flyer tried to reel him in between the final two fences, but Blueberry Boy kept up the gallop and passed the post eight lengths to the good.

Winning trainer Paul Stafford said: ‘He did it well, he runs best when he's fresh and he loves it around here.

‘He doesn't take a whole lot to get ready, he's an exceptional horse in that respect. It only takes two gallops to get him ready.

‘He's had a few setbacks but hopefully he's back to his best. We will look for a graded race over Christmas for him.’

Grade One-winning hurdler Jered got off the mark over fences a the second attempt in the GAA Fundraisers Beginners Chase.

Noel Meade's seven-year-old let down odds-on backers when second at the track last month but travelled nicely stepped up to two and a half miles.

Paul Carberry always appeared confident he had matters in hand and after safely negotiating the final obstacle, he coasted clear to score readily.

Meade said: ‘He always was a good horse, he just lost his way a bit and we didn't know what was wrong with him.

‘He was hanging in Cheltenham and Aintree and when he came back he just wasn't right. He had a small operation on his hind legs and it seems to have straightened him up.

‘He has improved a lot from his first run. Paul said he dived at the third but after that he was brilliant.’

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