Sizing Europe: will drop back in trip for next racePICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Staying days are over for Sizing Europe
HENRY DE BROMHEAD has admitted defeat in his three-mile experiment with Sizing Europe, but the Ryanair Chase and not the Queen Mother Champion Chase, is likely to be his target at the Cheltenham Festival next March.
Sizing Europe tried three miles for the third time in Saturday's JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal and, just like in 2010 and 2011, he finished in the runner-up spot - this time behind Gordon Elliott's Roi Du Mee.
But that 13-length defeat will probably be his last try at the trip with De Bromhead keen to return to shorter and the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown on December 27 has been pencilled into the diary.
"At this stage of his career I don't want to do anything wrong by the horse," said De Bromhead. "It was disappointing - he did not jump like he can, but that's how he is over three miles.
"The rain came at the wrong time, but I doubt he'll try three miles again. We'll look at the Grade 1 Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown and I'd say, all being well, he'll go for the Ryanair rather than the Champion Chase this year."