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De Bromhead mulling Sizing options

by Michelle Fortune , 25 February 2013

Henry de Bromhead is still no closer to making a decision on whether Sizing Europe should run in the Sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase or the Ryanair Chase at next month's Cheltenham Festival.


The two-time Festival winner holds entries in both contests but connections will wait until the week before the Festival before making a final decision.

Six of the nine entries in the Queen Mother Champion Chase are also entered in the Ryanair Chase as trainers are reluctant to let their charges go up against hot favourite Sprinter Sacre.

The prospect of taking on Nicky Henderson's stable star could prompt De Bromhead to opt for the Ryanair Chase, but the County Waterford handler admits ground conditions will be a key factor in the decision.

"We'll keep our options open until much closer to the time," De Bromhead is quoted as saying in the Racing Post.

"Obviously, when he's a fresh horse he's brilliant over two miles around Cheltenham, but we've a 1-4 shot facing us in that race.

"Sprinter Sacre has been absolutely awesome. Then there's the fact that our lad has looked very good over two and a half miles, and that makes the the Ryanair attractive.

"Ground will come into the decision. If it comes up soft or heavy, then the Ryanair up that hill might not suit."

Mail De Bierve is only entered in the Ryanair Chase, but Tom George has decided to supplement his charge in the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

"Mail De Bievre has an unbelievably high cruising speed and I believe he'll be suited by a drop back in distance. He races with a lot of flair," George explained.

"We'll let him use his stride in the Champion Chase, but accept nothing is going to beat Sprinter Sacre. The rest of us are playing for second, but that's a good prize."

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