SIZING EUROPE missed his scheduled comeback in the jnwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal which may not be a bad thing as he'd been beaten twice in that 3m event which taxes his stamina to the limit. Henry De Bromhead's brilliant two-miler may have lost his Champion Chase crown at Cheltenham but looked as good as ever when returning over this trip at Gowran last month and is impossible to oppose despite the fact that Tranquil Sea has won this for the past two years. Edward O'Grady's charge has now won a dozen of his 32 starts and is always tough to beat though he doesn't quite have the quality of the selection and second place looks the best he can hope for. Magnanimity has shown his best form at around this trip and he's been racing over further in all recent starts so could challenge for second spot but the classy novice Rathlin has been disappointing in his two runs so far this season. Let Yourself Go has some decent form to his credit but looks out of his depth.
Sizing Europe (IRE) 11-10fav (11-10) Raced 2nd, travelling well entering straight, led before 2 out, went clear before last, stayed on well run-in, easily, won at Gowran Park 2m 4f chs G2 (1) gd in Oct beating Forpadydeplasterer (11-3) by 8l, 6 ran.
Tranquil Sea (IRE) 13-2 (11-10) Waited with, slight mistake 7th, soon progress, 3rd before 3 out, no impression from before last, chased winner and kept on run-in, 2nd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Casey Top (9-10) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp chs gd in May.
Magnanimity (IRE) 3-1 (11-8) Chased leader in 3rd, ridden early straight and no impression last, kept on same pace under pressure to go 2nd closing stages, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Roi Du Mee (11-8) at Punchestown 2m 7f chs Grade 3 (1) hvy in Oct.
Rathlin 3-1 (11-10) Prominent and tracked leader in 2nd, dropped to 3rd 2 out and no impression approaching last, no extra, 3rd of 5, 13l behind Hidden Cyclone (11-1) at Naas 2m chs Grade 3 (1) sft in Oct.
Let Yourself Go (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Soon led and clear of remainder with 2nd, jumped right 5 out, soon reduced lead, headed before 2 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 15l behind Pires (10-0) at Cork 2m hcp chs sft in Oct.