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  • 16:05 PricewaterhouseCoopers Champion Chase 2m 4f

  • (Grade 2) €39,000 added 5yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner €25,349 2nd €7,410 3rd €3,510 4th €1,170
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 4m 58.40s
  • Off time: 16:05:34

Fortune favours Sizing

Champion Chase winner scores fortuitous victory

Last Updated: 01/10/11 4:51pm

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Sizing Europe: Fortunate winner on reappearance

Sizing Europe: Fortunate winner on reappearance

The Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Sizing Europe gained a fortuitous success in the PricewaterhouseCoopers Champion Chase at Gowran Park.

Henry de Bromhead's stable star was sent off the even-money favourite to beat three rivals, which included last season's Ryanair Chase third Rubi Light.

The latter was soon setting a sedate gallop under Davy Russell, but he had his opponents on the stretch when increasing the pace heading down the back straight.

As he arrived at the turn for home he had Sizing Europe and his nearest pursuer Coolcashin in real trouble and was easing to an impressive success until suffering a nasty fall.

Both horse and rider were soon back on their feet, but the way was clear for Sizing Europe to take the Grade Two prize in the hands of Andrew Lynch, passing the post a length and three-quarters ahead.

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De Bromhead said: "No-one wants to win a race like that and he was very fortuitous.

"The lad in front (Rubi Light) is a very good horse and a course and distance winner as well. He was always going to put it up to us.

"Sizing Europe never jumped a fence today and Andrew said he was slipping going into each fence.

"The James Nicholson Chase (JNwine.com Champion Chase) at Down Royal next month (November 5) is a possibility for him now.''

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