Sizing Europe ran the race of his life to claim the Queen Mother Champion Chase the big feature on Day Three of the Festival. Always prominent from the start, Sizing Europe got into a beautiful rhythm and jumped superbly throughout. He took up the running at the halfway point from Mad Max and was never headed going away at the finish after a strong challenge from defending champion, Big Zeb, waned.
The win was the second of the Festival for trainer, Henry de Bromhead who saddled Sizing Australia to win the Cross Country Chase on Day One and it was also a second Festival win for Sizing Europe who won the Arkle Challenge Trophy last year. Oddly enough the winner went on the drift in the market just prior to the race and finished with odds of 10/1, the money appeared to be piled on Master Minded who went off as firm favourite, but finished almost last after blundering badly two fences from home.
Big Zeb should be pleased with the effort he put up, but he was simply beaten by a much better horse on the day and had to be content with second place, with the staying on Captain Cee Bee in third. It was the seventh Irish winner of the week in 11 races, giving them a big lead in the UK v Ireland battle that always takes place at the Festival.
Sizing Europe is as short as 3/1 to win this race for a second successive year in 2012.