Sizing just Champion
Irish star makes Gowran start to campaign
Last Updated: 05/10/12 11:23am
Sizing Europe: Gowran target
Sizing Europe will face seven rivals as he returns to action in tomorrow's PWC Champion Chase at Gowran Park.
Henry de Bromhead's stable star has been one of the top chasers of recent years and his powers showed no signs of waning last season.
Having won the Irish Champion Hurdle in 2008, the switch to fences has brought about even greater riches.
The 10-year-old has won an Arkle and Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham, a Tingle Creek and numerous big races at home in Ireland.
He won this Grade Two event 12 months ago but was somewhat fortunate when Rubi Light fell at the final fence with the race at his mercy.
The good ground will be in his favour as will the fact his regular pilot, Andrew Lynch, has returned from injury just in time for the ride.
"Sizing Europe's a good one to get back on," said Lynch.
"He seemed to be back to his best last year and seems to be in great form this year so, please god, he'll have a good season.
"I schooled him the other morning and rode him work last week. He seems in good form."
Just like last year, Sizing Europe faces no penalty kick with the likes of China Rock, First Lieutenant, Forpadydeplasterer and Roi De Mee engaged.