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Sizing Europe - Cheltenham 16.03.10

Sizing Europe will miss the King George but is "in great form at home"

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Sizing Europe ruled out of King George challenge

SIZING EUROPE, who was as short as 14-1 for Saturday's rearranged William Hill King George VI Chase, will miss the race.

The participation of the nine-year-old had been in doubt since Henry de Bromhead reported that he had hada bad trip over from Ireland for the abandoned race over Christmas and the trainer confirmed on Tuesday that last season's Arkle Chase winner will not be taking on Kauto Star in the Grade 1 chase.

De Bromhead said: "After careful consideration we have decided to bypass the rearranged King George this Saturday with Sizing Europe.

"He's in great from at home so what we'll do now is sit down and look at our options here over the next three to four weeks with a view to a run prior to the Festival in March."

The prospect of very testing ground for the King George appeared to increase on Tuesday after Kempton clerk of the course Barney Clifford changed the going description to good to soft, soft in places.

Clifford said: "We had 10mm overnight, and I've changed the going from good to soft. So far we haven't had any further rain today, but there is plenty more forecast for this week."

Punters on Tuesday continued to support history-seeking Kauto Star, who hardened at the head of the market. Victor Chandler and Blue Square both clipped him into 8-11 (from 4-5).

In light of the forecast rain, the each-way plunge on The Nightingale continued, Bet365 and Blue Square both cutting Paul Nicholls' mud-lover to 10-1 (from 12). He was available at 40-1 at the start of Christmas week.

Planet Of Sound was also cut two points into 16-1 by Blue Square, and Stan James reported money for Madison Du Berlais, trimming his odds to 33-1 (from 40).

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