Sizing John will not be making a festive comeback at Leopardstown next week, trainer Jessica Harrington has confirmed. Harrington had entered the eight-year-old into the two-mile-one-furlong Paddy’s Rewards Club “Sugar Paddy” Chase and the three-mile Savills Chase as she looked to give a him a first run since last Christmas’ disappointing performance at the same venue.
But, despite a satisfactory run out at the Curragh recently and Sizing John showing no ill-effects of the fractured pelvis which ruled the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner out of this year’s festival in March, she has decided to wait for a return.
The 71-year-old told her Unibet blog: “I have decided to take Sizing John out of Leopardstown over Christmas because I’ve been unable to get a suitable gallop into him on the grass because of all the previous dry weather we had.
“He’s around 15 kilos heavier than his usual racing weight and if he’d had a run already this season, I wouldn’t mind running him, but it will be a tough ask first time out so we will instead give him a little more time and look at bringing him back in something like the Kinloch Brae, which he won in 2017, in Thurles next month. “Everything is absolutely fine with him, but I took the decision to take him out so I wouldn’t be tempted to run.”