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Take Sizing Europe to shape up; speeding ahead Nelson's time pointers.

THE jury may be out as to whether Sizing Europe is a true three-miler, but there's no doubting his class and he heads the ratings for Saturday's Champion Chase at Down Royal on his best form over shorter trips.

Following a fine return at Gowran Park, this looks an ideal opportunity for him to go one better than in the last two runnings.

Eyre Apparent has a number of entries this week and I'd be interested if he steps up in trip.

Lucinda Russell's charge has improved since he has gone chasing and his pedigree suggests there should be more to come when he tackles 3m and beyond. He gets the chance to prove that at either Wetherby on Friday, or on Wednesday at Haydock.

Michael Appleby is in form and Maggie Pink returned from a break to score in style at Kempton last week. She can go in again at Wolves this Friday.

Correspondent is another on the card at Dunstall Park that should be able to follow up his recent all-weather success.

On Thursday, Lilac Tree can get off the mark at Lingfield. The selection chased home Correspondent on his latest outing and that form looks good enough.

Stablemate Quintilian was all at sea on heavy ground last week and should be seen to better effect on the Polytrack at Kempton the same day.

Divine Rule doesn't win often but recent efforts have suggested he might be on the way back and the return to 1m should help on the same Kempton card.

The nursery at Kempton on Wednesday has a nice shape to it, with Secretinthepark and Dashing David likely to make up a big chunk of the market. Their presence may mean Cappadocia is a bigger price than he deserves. He heads the ratings and, while form figures give the impression of an exposed performer, on Polytrack they read 121.

Angelo Poliziano has an ideal draw at Catterick on Tuesday. He's been running well in defeat and with Graham Lee taking over the reins, he may be able to convert those recent placed efforts into success.
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Date:Oct 30, 2012
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