Henry de Bromhead has confirmed Sizing Europe will not run in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, with Leopardstown now his likely port of call over the Christmas period.
The 10-year-old has looked as good as ever in winning his two starts this season and connections remain keen to test the multiple Grade One winner over three miles on a sound surface, but with conditions likely to be testing at Kempton next week, Sizing Europe is set to instead head to Leopardstown for either the two-mile-one-furlong Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase or the Lexus Chase over three miles.
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 the 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."