Posted: 11th Nov 2015
Sizing John: "His technique was spot-on"PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
HENRY DE BROMHEAD'S Sizing John, third at Cheltenham and second to Douvan at Punchestown last season, will step back into Graded company on Sunday in the Ryans Cleaning Craddockstown Novice Chase at Punchestown.
A Grade 1 hurdle winner in his own right, when landing the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown last December, the five-year-old made a bloodless chasing debut last month which saw him cut to 16-1 for the Racing Post Arkle and JLT Novices' Chase at this season's Cheltenham Festival.
"I'd hoped for a good debut over fences last time, so it was a great relief he was as good as he was," De Bromhead said in a stable tour in the Racing Post.
"His technique was spot-on and he looked very clean over his fences. He could go up in trip, but I'm happy enough at the moment to stay over 2m with the Craddockstown next."
With just four others declared, including stablemate Sizing Codelco, Sizing John could shorten further for his Festival targets with another dominant display.
Supasundae expected to be top rank
De Bromhead also reported high hopes for last season's Champion Bumper sixth Supasundae now sent over hurdles. He said: "He has to be in the top rank of our novice hurdlers. It was a great run when sixth in the Champion Bumper and I think you can put a line through Punchestown - it was the end of a season and he was new to the yard.
"He's come in looking well and has schooled great. He has loads of pace and any trip from 2m to 2m4f should be fine. Hopefully he'll have his first run at the end of the month, perhaps at Gowran."
Get the lowdown on Henry de Bromhead's string in his stable tour in today's Racing Post
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