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Gowran Park Champion Chase
Wed, Oct 1st, 2014

Sizing EuropeThe Gowran Park Champion Chase is a Grade 2 race run in early October over a distance of 2 miles 4 furlongs.

The 2011 Cheltenham Festival Champion Chase winner, Sizing Europe has won the last three renewals.

Previous winners also include China Rock, winner of the 2012 Punchestown Gold Cup and Kicking King the 2005 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner.

Gowran Park Champion Chase Trends

  • There is a huge variation in the official rating of winners in the last decade with three rated in the 120s, 6 rated between 140-155 and Sizing Europe a standout 177
  • Jockey Andrew Lynch has three wins
  • Trainer Henry de Bromhead has won three times and Noel Meade twice since 2002
  • The Fonze (16/1) was the highest price winner since 2002. 8 of the last 11 have been priced at 13-8 or less.

Gowran Park Champion Chase Winners 2002-2013

Year

Horse

Jockey

Trainer

Age

WT

OR

SP

2013

Sizing Europe (IRE)

Lynch, A E

De Bromhead, H

11

11-10

169

4-5

2012

Sizing Europe (IRE)

Lynch, A E

De Bromhead, H

10

11-10

171

11-10

2011

Sizing Europe (IRE)

Lynch, A E

De Bromhead, H

9

11-10

177

Evens

2010

China Rock (IRE)

Walsh, R

Morris, M F

7

11-3

142

13-8

2009

The Fonze (IRE)

Barry, J R

Doyle, Eoin

8

11-3

125

16-1

2008

Knight Legend (IRE)

Leigh, A D

Harrington, Mrs J

9

11-6

150

2-1

2007

Justified (IRE)

Walsh, R

Sheehy, E

8

11-10

155

9-10

2006

Sir Oj (IRE)

Carberry, P

Meade, N

9

11-8

146

11-2

2005

Always

Carberry, P

Meade, N

6

11-6

123

9-1

2004

Kicking King (IRE)

Geraghty, B J

Taaffe, T J

6

11-10

148

11-4

2003

Go Roger Go (IRE)

O'Dwyer, C

O'Grady, E J

11

11-8

140

5-2

2002

Barrow Drive

Geraghty, B J

Mullins, A

6

11-0

126

11-4

Although the race has been a pointer to Gold Cup and Champion Chase success in the past, the standout entries Sizing Europe, Baily Green and Road to Riches may be more likely to turn up in the Ryanair Chase come March. Share your thoughts on our Cheltenham Festival forum.

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