• King George VI Chase

Sizing Europe out of the King George

ESPN staff
December 20, 2012
Sizing Europe will run a shorter race © PA Photos

Sizing Europe and First Lieutenant have been pulled from the King George VI Chase at the five-day declaration stage.

Sir Des Champs is the only Irish competitor left in the race, which takes place on Boxing Day. A total of 15 possibles remain on the racecard.

Junior, trained by David Pipe, has been added to a line-up that features the likes of Long Run, Riverside Theatre, Kauto Stone and Captain Chris.

It is expected that Sizing Europe will head to Leopardstown on account of the tough conditions at the King George.

Trainer Henry De Bromhead said: "We said at the start of the season we'd love to try him over three miles on better ground, but it doesn't look like we're going to get that at the moment.

"Sometimes you do at Kempton on Boxing Day, but unfortunately we won't this year. He has two options at Leopardstown and we'll leave him in both races , but the way the weather is going at the moment, I would imagine he'll probably run in the two-mile race."

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