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  • 15:05 Sportingbet Tingle Creek Chase 2m

  • (Grade 1) £120,000 added 4yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £68,340 2nd £25,644 3rd £12,840 4th £6,396
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 1.00s
  • Off time: 15:07:19

Sizing Europe wins Tingle Creek

De Bromhead ace sends favourite-backer's home happy

Last Updated: 03/12/11 3:44pm

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Sizing Europe: Tingle Creek winner

Sizing Europe: Tingle Creek winner

Sizing Europe (11/8 fav) won the Sportingbet Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown in emphatic fashion.

Henry de Bromhead's star chaser made just one mistake in an otherwise faultless display of jumping and was still on the bridle turning in.

Young rival Kauto Stone (7/2) was the only danger but as that runner came under pressure from Ruby Walsh, Andrew Lynch was still motionless in the saddle.

A good leap at the final fence sealed victory and he was able to come home unpestered, with eight lengths back to the runner-up.

Paul Nicholls' half-brother to Kauto Star also jumped well but he seemed to get outpaced on ground arguably quick enough for him, but lost little caste in defeat.

Nick Williams' Cornas plugged on for a never-nearer third, ahead of I'msingingtheblues, whilst Wishfull Thinking cut out the early running at a suicidal pace and was a spent force by half-way.

Lynch said: "They went a good gallop and he got into a nice rhythm. He travelled well and jumped super.

"He's a horse who can run over any trip and he will run his heart out, but two miles is probably his ideal trip.

"He ran on heavy ground at home and it's a lot worse there than here. I wasn't too worried about the ground."

De Bromhead said: "That was brilliant. He jumped the second down the back a bit slow and that got me a little worried, but he winged the fence six from home and started to canter when the rest were struggling.

"It was phenomenal and apart from that one mistake, he was brilliant.

"The plan was always to bring him here for his Christmas run and then take him back to Cheltenham to try to win the Queen Mother again.

"He had his prep race for that at Punchestown last year and I see no reason why we shouldn't go back for that again - if it's not broken, don't fix it.

"I wouldn't rule out going three miles again and that's maybe something we'll consider after Cheltenham where we will stick to two miles.

"I felt a lot of pressure coming here as the hot favourite whereas in the Queen Mother we came in under the radar."

Paul Nicholls was satisfied with Kauto Stone's performance but feels switching back to a longer trip will help him next time.

He said: "He's not that big or scopey and was flat out all of the way.

"It would suit him running over further and we will look at the Ryanair this year before stepping him up the following season.

"There is nothing around to beat Sizing Europe at the moment."

Sky Bet cut the winner to 5/2 favourite (from 5s) for a second Queen Mother Champion Chase, with Boylesports making the same move. Victor Chandler were less impressed going 10/3 about de Bromhead's star.

Meanwhile Kauto Stone is unchanged at 12-1 for the Ryanair Chase.

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