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SIZING EUROPE is "bigger and stronger" for his return to action as he bids to erase the memory of his Champion Hurdle The Champion Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt horse race in the United Kingdom for four-year-old and above horses. It is run over a distance of 2 miles 110 yards (3,319 metres) on the Old Course at Cheltenham Racecourse on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival in March. flop last March.
Henry de Bromhead's six-year-old, who beat just one home when favourite for the two-mile feature, is set to clash with dual Champion Hardy Eustace and the up-and-coming Jered in Punchestown's Maplewood Developments Hurdle on Sunday.
Under big-race jockey Andrew McNamara the gelding thrilled connections in a workout yesterday morning, and de Bromhead said: "He was lame behind the day after the Champion.
"We found he had just strained the sacroiliac joint sacroiliac joint (sak´rōil´ēak´),
n an irregular synovial joint between the sacrum and ilium on either side of the pelvis. . We've had work done on it ever since and he seems to be moving absolutely spoton now.
"He is filling out all the time and he is certainly a bigger and stronger horse this season, so we are very pleased."