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Sizing John shows his class with impressive win in John Durkan Chase

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While racing in Britain on Sunday was wiped out by the Arctic conditions, scorching performances from Sizing John and Un De Sceaux at Punchestown and Cork left their supporters dreaming of the Cheltenham Festival as each showed they are ready to defend their respective crowns.

Sizing John, winner of the Cheltenham, Irish and Punchestown Gold Cups, was sent off the 2-1 second favourite to win the Grade 1 John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown and after surviving a scare at the second fence, where his jockey had to regather the reins and get his mount back on an even keel, his supporters were never really in much doubt who would win.

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