Europe conquers Gowran again
Sizing Europe won the PWC Champion Chase at Gowran for the third successive year.
The popular Henry de Bromhead-trained 11-year-old was made to work harder than his starting price of 4-5 suggested, however, as Baily Green and Rubi Light both ran hugely encouraging races in defeat.
Andrew Lynch was content to sit in second as Rubi Light set a strong gallop in front, and Barry Geraghty kicked on with half a mile to run.
As they turned into the straight Baily Green, second to Simonsig in the Arkle last season, moved comfortably into contention under David Casey and looked a threat to all.
Sizing Europe was in front jumping the last and Lynch had to be fairly vigorous in keeping De Bromhead's chaser up to his work as he eventually crossed the line a length and a quarter in front of Baily Green, who just got the better of the game Rubi Light.
Both Gigginstown Stud-owned horses, Quiot De La Roque and Roi Du Mee, feel at the second-last when looking beaten.
De Bromhead said: "That was great, it was a sigh of relief. Every time he runs now it is a relief.
"He has such a record here that sometimes he might not be up for it as much as he was. He's definitely representing the elderly.
"I say it every time but I am so lucky to train him. His work at home has been so good the guys can't hold him, he loves it.
"Rosemary, who rides his Flat work, writes notes every day and it just says 'super form' every day.
"Andrew said he gave a blow at the second-last and he'll improve a good bit. I wouldn't mind stepping him up in trip and giving him a crack at three miles on good ground. We'll look at the Down Royal race again in which he has been second to Kauto Star and Quito De La Roque.
"There are other races but he's maybe a bit too slow for two miles now. I'll talk to Alan and Ann (Potts) and see what the ground is like."
Baily Green's trainer Mouse Morris said: "I'm thrilled with him. I don't know where he'll go now but he wouldn't run on heavy ground. Navan maybe (Fortria Chase)."
Rubi Light's trainer Robbie Hennessy was similarly pleased, and said: "I'm delighted with him and we could maybe look at the John Durkan. We'll go home and see how he is before making a decision.
"Barry (Geraghty) said he gave a good blow at the last and he also gave a good blow in the yard which is good. He had terrible back trouble last year but it looks like he's over that now."