Timmy Murphy has picked up the spare ride on Sizing Europe at Punchestown next week, following the news that Andrew Lynch will miss the festival with a broken wrist.
Lynch fell from Fearless Falcon at Fairyhouse on Tuesday and will be out of action for some time as a result of this setback. He had been having an excellent season,having ridden two winners at Cheltenham last month. Timmy Murphy has previously ridden Sizing Europe to victory, in the 2007 Greatwood Handicap Hurdle of 2007.
“Unfortunately the results of Andrew’s X-rays this morning have confirmed that he’s broken his left wrist and fractured his right humerus,” trainer Henry de Bromhead told his website.
“This means he won’t be able to ride Sizing Europe at Punchestown next week. It’s a great shame for Andrew as he knows the horse inside out and he’s got on so well with him so far this term. We spoke with Alan and Ann Potts (owners) on Wednesday morning about who will replace Andrew and I’m happy to say that Timmy Murphy will take the ride. We’ve also asked Timmy to deputise on the majority of our runners next week and hopefully he’ll be free to do so.”