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Sizing Europe to run in either the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase or the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown

Updated: Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 12:27 | Comments

Sizing Europe favoured to go in the Paddy Power at the Dublin track
Sizing Europe favoured to go in the Paddy Power at the Dublin track

Henry de Bromhead has confirmed Sizing Europe will not run in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on St Stephen's Day.

The 10-year-old has looked as good as ever in winning his two starts this season and connections remain keen to test the multiple Grade One winner over three miles on a sound surface.

However, with conditions likely to be testing at Kempton next week, Sizing Europe is set to instead head to Leopardstown for either the two-mile-one-furlong Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase or the Lexus Chase over three miles.

With rain continuing to fall over most of Britain and Ireland, it would seem the shorter race is his most likely target.

De Bromhead said: "We said at the start of the season we'd love to try him over three miles on better ground, but it doesn't look like we're going to get that at the moment.

"Sometimes you do at Kempton on Boxing Day, but unfortunately we won't this year.

"He has the two options at Leopardstown and we'll leave him in both races , but the way the weather is going at the moment, I would imagine he'll probably run in the two-mile race."

"We said at the start of the season we'd love to try him over three miles on better ground, but it doesn't look like we're going to get that at the moment" - De Bromhead on Sizing Europe's options

Another Irish-trained horse ruled out of the Kempton feature feature is First Lieutenant.

Mouse Morris scratched his Hennessy Gold Cup third from the Kempton Grade One on Wednesday and he will instead head for the Lexus two days later.

Morris plans to saddle China Rock in the same race, his first appearance since claiming the Punchestown Gold Cup in the spring.

"He's in great form, but we've decided to stay at home with him," said the trainer.

"Leopardstown will be as good a ground as we'll get over Christmas, so we'll go there and see what happens.

"China (Rock) will be there as well. I'm very happy with him at the moment." 

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