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Sizing Europe seeks repeat performance at Leopardstown

Updated: Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 13:12 | Comments

Sizing Europe is attempting to repeat last year's success at Leopardstown
Sizing Europe is attempting to repeat last year's success at Leopardstown

Sizing Europe attempts to repeat last year's success in the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown on Friday.

Henry de Bromhead's remarkably consistent veteran seemed to prove once and for all that he doesn't get three miles when second to Roi Du Mee at Down Royal, but he is a different proposition over two miles and showed all the class and talent remains when winning at Gowran Park before he headed north.

Standing in his way this time is Arvika Ligeonniere, who was assisted by the early departure of stablemate Sir Des Champs in the John Durkan, but is still unbeaten in his completed chase starts, while Nicky Henderson sends over Kid Cassidy, who conquered Sire De Grugy at Cheltenham.

Willie Mullins has an enviable team of novices at his disposal and his primary hope in the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle is Moyle Park, who translated his excellent bumper form to this discipline when easing to a jumping debut success at Navan.

There is a massive prize up for grabs in the Paddy Power Chase, and heading the weights for this big handicap are Irish National third and fourth Home Farm and Sweeney Tunes.

Arnaud has a bright future over fences but reverted to the smaller obstacles to score at Downpatrick and Charles Byrnes keeps him over timber for the Paddy Power Handicap Hurdle, although he has to concede upwards of 9lb to some in-form opponents.

Champagne James hasn't been seen since going under at odds-on in a Grade Two bumper more than a year ago, but he is still expected to have his fair share of supporters now he tackles obstacles in the Paddy Power Maiden Hurdle.

A host of interesting Flat recruits do battle in the opening Paddy Power iPad App 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle at 12.20, not least Aidan O'Brien's Plinth and the Mullins-trained Ivan Grozny, who has been snapped up by Graham Wylie since finishing just over four lengths adrift of the high-class Ocovango in a French Group Two.

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