De Bromhead’s Sandown raiders arrive safely

SIZING EUROPE and Sizing Symphony, Henry de Bromhead’s two runners at Sandown’s two-day meeting, have arrived safely in Britain.

The Co Waterford trainer’s fears about the ferry service across the Irish Sea being cancelled due to stormy weather thankfully proved unfounded.

“We got the ferry to Holyhead OK. The journey was good. The weather’s not so bad now,” said de Bromhead.

“They wouldn’t take horses if they weren’t happy, so it was fine and both horses are absolutely fine.”

Queen Mother champion Chase winner Sizing Europe goes for the feature Tingle Creek Chase on Saturday while Sizing Symphony, a winner at Cheltenham on October, runs in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle tomorrow .

“I’m looking forward to seeing Sizing Symphony run on Friday and hopefully Sizing Europe will run well on Saturday.”

However, Northern Ireland trainer Stuart Crawford had to scrap plans to send Streamtown and Sparville to run at Catterick yesterday.

“We didn’t manage to get on the ferry. It’s that stormy here with us,” said the Co Antrim handler.

“It’s a shame as I would have fancied both our runners there today.

Meanwhile, there will be a French interest at Sandown on Saturday when Mister No runs in the Bavaria Imported Premium Lager Handicap Hurdle.

Trained by Nicolas Bertran de Balanda, the seven-year-old was won over fences and twice over hurdles the last three times he has run.

Francois Doumen and Guillaume Macaire have been regular visitors to Britain in the past, but this will be a first runner in England for the trainer.

“The horse is working well, having won his last three outings over hurdles in France,” said De Balanda.

“He prefers good/good to soft ground so conditions at Sandown Park this weekend should be favourable. I am confident that he will put on a good performance.”

There could be further French interest in the race with the Nicky Henderson-trained import Rajdhani Express poised to make his British debut representing the same connections as Long Run.

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