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Platinum too strong for rivals

The Galway Plate-winning combination of Henry de Bromhead and Jonathan Burke were on the mark again at Ballybrit as Sizing Platinum struck gold in the Guinness Harp Novice Chase.

De Bromhead and Burke enjoyed Plate glory with Shanahan's Turn on Wednesday and Sizing Platinum was a 3-1 shot for his Ballybrit assignment in the same colours of Alan and Ann Potts.

Ridden prominently from the outset, Sizing Platinum was strongly pressed by 9-1 favourite Rock The World running down the hill, but De Bromhead's charge would not be denied, galloping on for a three-and-three-quarter-length verdict.

De Bromhead said: "That was a good performance and it was a confident young man's ride as he was throwing him at fences.

"He jumped so well, but every time he got in front the mare (Shesaportrait) came to him and it didn't help him.

"Dropping back to two miles might suit him more than stepping up and his options are the Kilbegnet Chase at Roscommon and maybe running at Listowel or here at the end of September in between."

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