Europe team size up success
Connections of Sizing Europe are happy to be going into battle with hotpot Sprinter Sacre in the Sportingbet Queen Mother Champion Chase in the knowledge that he has a great record at the Festival meeting.
They had been considering a tilt at the Ryanair Chase on Thursday, but opted to have a third crack at Wednesday's two-mile showpiece instead.
Sizing Europe won the Arkle Trophy in 2010 and the Champion Chase a year later, before going down narrowly to Finian's Rainbow 12 months ago when the last fence was omitted after the fall of Wishfull Thinking on the first circuit.
Trainer Henry de Bromhead said: "He seems in good form, he travelled over well and we're hoping for a good run.
"The ground had a bit to do with us going for the Queen Mother rather than the Ryanair, but we think we are pretty good over the course and distance. He has a good record."
Sizing Europe's regular jockey Andrew Lynch also believes the horse's past achievements at the Festival will stand him in good stead.
He said: "He's won the Arkle, the Champion Chase and was unlucky last year when he was second. He's unbeaten this season and hopefully he'll run a good race."
Philip Hobbs is under no illusions about the task facing Wishfull Thinking, and the Minehead trainer is hoping his runner can pick up a share of the good prize money on offer. He arrives on the back of victory in the Game Spirit Chase at Newbury.
The trainer told At The Races: "It looks like we're going round for place money this year. Sprinter Sacre looks like he ought to certainly win. If we get some place money I'll be pleased."