Lynch expects to be fit to ride Sizing Europe

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Andrew Lynch shrugged off concerns he might miss the ride on Queen Mother Champion Chase favourite Sizing Europe after being stood down at Leopardstown on Sunday.

Lynch injured an arm at Navan on Saturday and pulled out of following days’ meeting after finishing in discomfort aboard runner up Won In The Dark in the second race at Leopardstown. But the Irishman allayed worries that the injury could affect his participation at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival where he has a number of big rides, including Sizing Europe and Rubi Light in the Ryanair Chase.

"It [the arm] is grand, thankfully, and I'll be OK,” reported the jockey. "My arm just got a bit choked up when I pulled up, so I thought I'd better take it steady.

"It's such an important time of the year and you can't take any risks. Hopefully we'll be fine for Cheltenham."

Lynch is set to renew his partnership with Sizing Europe in defence of the Champion Chase crown they won at last year’s Cheltenham Festival when beating Big Zeb. Lynch, who is sixth in the Irish jump jockeys table with 34 winners, has ridden Sizing Europe in all four of the 10-year-old’s races this season. The pair have been successful on three occasions and defeated Big Zeb by fifteen lengths on their last appearance at Punchestown on 2 February.

Sizing Europe is evens with William Hill to retain his Champion Chase title on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival with Big Zeb next in the betting market at 5/1 with Boylesports. Lynch is also scheduled to ride Rubi Light in the Ryanair for trainer Robert Hennessy. Connections are hoping the 7-year-old can improve on his third place finish in last year’s race and Sportingbet is offering 11/2 Rubi Light along with the other joint favourite Riverside Theatre.

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