Sizing Europe rolled back the years as the veteran won the Boylesports.com Champion Chase for a second time at Punchestown. There was drama down the back straight where the favourite Hidden Cyclone fell and hampered Module who was immediately pulled up. Owner Alan Potts told At The Races: “Fantastic. I could see him winning because there was nothing in that race that had beaten us. Somersby beat us once. We beat him the rest of the times. “Somersby obviously didn’t run the race he could, but Europe was back to his brilliant best.” When asked if Sizing Europe would now be retired after what was an emotional triumph, Potts answered: “Yes.” De Bromhead said: “He is just unbelievable, he was running away with Andrew. He was just loving it. I’m speechless. “He’s just won a Grade One and I don’t know what we will do, it (retirement) is up to Alan.” Pipe said of Ballynagour: “He ran an absolute blinder. It was a bit of an experiment dropping back to two miles but the ground helped him. “He’s never put two runs together in the past, let alone three, so it gives us lots of options for next year.” Sizing Europe was winning for the 21st time from 42 career starts, his first success under Rules coming in a bumper at Naas in 2006. Also top class over the smaller obstacles, he landed the Irish Champion Hurdle in 2008 by eight lengths from Hardy Eustace. As a novice chaser Sizing Europe claimed the Arkle at Cheltenham in 2010, beating Somersby, and returned the following year to lift the Queen Mother Champion Chase crown. The 12-year-old was always travelling well and looked to have lost none of his enthusiasm or talent as he repeated his 2012 success in this race, registering an eighth win at the highest level for his trainer Henry de Bromhead. Leading before the second-last fence under Andrew Lynch, Sizing Europe (7-1) kept on strongly to deny the David Pipe-trained Ballynagour by five and a half lengths, with Savello third. Press Association
The body of Florence “Rusty” Tullis is still at the county coroner’s office, nearly three months after she died. Los Angeles County officials said the 70-year-old Glendora resident, portrayed by Cher in the 1985 movie “Mask,” is expected to be cremated within the next two weeks. “The family contacted us and asked the county to dispose of the remains,” said Capt. Ed Winter. The family can claim the remains after the body has been cremated, Winter said. She wanted to be cremated, said Cunningham, “She didn’t want any dirt on her.” Tullis died Nov. 11 from injuries she received in an Oct. 14 motorcycle accident in Azusa, coroner’s officials said. She was recuperating from two broken legs and other injuries at the Rio Hondo Convalescent Hospital until Nov. 10, when she was rushed to Beverly Hospital after complaining of stomach pain, disorientation, and other symptoms. She died there the next morning, Winter said. The coroner’s examination was completed in January.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We will hold it for one year,” he said. It will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery in East Los Angeles, he said. The movie “Mask” was about Tullis’ son, Rocky Dennis. He was born with craniofacial disease, which made his head grow to twice its normal size. He died in 1978 at age 16. Her other son, Joshua, died at 32 from AIDS. Tullis’ niece, Helen Cunningham, said she plans to pick up the remains when the coroner makes them available. Cunningham said she was pleased to learn that her aunt will finally be cremated, and her wishes carried out, she said.