Andrew Lynch believes that the dolling off of the final fence in the Queen Mother Champion Chase cost his mount Sizing Europe the chance to land back to back renewals of the Grade 1 event.
Henry de Bromhead’s charge lost his crown to Finian’s Rainbow with both horses having to swerve the final fence after the earlier fall of Wishful Thinking.
Speaking to attheraces, Lynch feels that if the final fence was allowed to be jumped the result may have been different.
“I’ve watched it an awful lot of times. It’s just one of those things,” said Lynch.
“There’s no point getting annoyed about it now, what’s done is done. It’s a pity but you never know what might have happened. You’d like to think it cost us our chance but we’ll never know.
“He jumped, he travelled and he seemed to be in great form, same as I rode him last year. The plan was to pick him up until the back of the last and go away again but it didn’t work out like that.
“He’s come out of the race well. Big Zeb is probably a bit better at Punchestown and it will be interesting if Nicky Henderson sends anything over. I’m looking forward to it anyway.”