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Sizing Europe to miss King George

Trainer Henry de Bromhead won’t risk upsetting nine-year-old with trip to Kempton.

THE HENRY DE Bromhead-trained ‘Sizing Europe’ will not run in this weekend’s rescheduled King George VI Chase at Kempton.

De Bromhead has decided against sending the nine-year-old to England for the second time in three weeks and The Irish Times reports that he will seek a different race between now and the Cheltenham Festival in March.

According to The Racing Post, Sizing Europe suffered from a bad trip over to England for the St Stephen’s Day race, which had to be rescheduled for this weekend due to snow, and was unwilling to risk the same happening again as the horse is in such good form.

Henry de Bromhead said that he would “look at our options here over the next three to four weeks with a view to a run prior to the (Cheltneham) Festival in March.”

The horse had been priced at around 14-1 with the bookmakers and was thought to represent good value at that price, possibly as an each-way bet. The firm favourite for the race, however, remains Kauto Star who at this point is odds-on at between 4/6 and 8/11.

Even mid-week rain and the prospect of the ground being good-to-soft has not turned punters off the Paul Nicholls-trained former Gold Cup winner who is looking for his fifth victory in a row in the King George VI.