The leading two mile chasers in Ireland, Sizing Europe and Big Zeb, are on course to continue their rivalry this weekend in the Grade 2 Boylesports.com Chase at Punchestown on Sunday.
Both horses have had successful campaigns thus far this season. Sizing Europe, the reigning Champion Chaser, landed the Grade 1 Tingle Creek at Sandown in November.
Big Zeb, meanwhile, was last seen landing his second Paddy Power Dial-a-Bet Chase at Leopardstown over the Christmas period.
Speaking ahead of the race Henry De Bromhead, trainer of Sizing Europe, feels that his stable star is in good standing. De Bromhead said: “Sizing is in good form. We were delighted with his Tingle Creek run as it is recognised as a true two mile test. Obviously we would prefer better ground on Sunday but we are sticking to the same route as last season.”
Colm Murphy, trainer of Big Zeb, is equally looking forward to Sunday’s race. “Preparations are going very well. Ideally we would need better ground but we are going to stick to the same plan as last year. We will run on Sunday and then on to Cheltenham and finally back to the Boylesports.com Champion Chase at the Punchestown Festival all going well.”
The quality card on Sunday provides an ideal opportunity for Cheltenham hopefuls as it includes the Pertemps Hurdle qualifier, the Grade 2 Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle over two miles and of course the Glenfarclas P.P. Hogan Cross Country chase.
The track is currently raceable and the going is ‘Heavy’. A decision will be made regarding the use of frost covers as there is heavy frost forecast over the next few nights.
The action gets underway at 1.20 and admission is €10 or €7 for students and seniors. Children race for free.