Sizing Rio: described by Henry de Bromhead as his "great white hope"PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Sizing Rio routs rivals to land first Graded chase
Report: Cork, Sunday
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SIZING RIO won the fifth edition of the Grade 3 novice chase at Cork adding his name to a roll of honour that already contains Tranquil Sea, First Lieutenant and Baily Green.
The fact the first two went on to win Grade 1s - and last year's winner chased home Simonsig in the Racing Post Arkle and Sizing Rio's illustrious stablemate Sizing Europe on his seasonal debut last month - will only add to the level of expectation surrounding this year's winner.
Yet he looks more than capable of living up to the achievements of previous winners, such was the impression created by Sizing Rio as he eased ten lengths clear of his rivals.
A Grade 3-winning hurdler, the 13-8 favourite was always expected to be a better chaser and after an impressive debut at Tipperary in May he landed his first Graded chase with authority, making all and pulling comfortably clear under minimal urging.
"He is my great white hope," said a delighted De Bromhead. "I've always had high hopes for him and he was always going to be a chaser. We did as little as possible with him last year but he still did well.
"I'm delighted. He's some jumper and he did exactly what I hoped he'd do. He's unreal and he'd handle better ground. The dream is still alive and there's no rush. I wouldn't mind if we didn't get him out again until Christmas, he's only a five-year-old and I think he'll be a 3m chaser eventually. It's all about getting him to the spring."