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Big Zeb irons out jumping problems to bolster his Festival hopes; Winner now as short as 5-1 for Champion after impressive win.

Result Punchestown Pavilion Tied Cottage Chase 1 Big Zeb....................5-4 2 Golden Silver ......9-10f 3 Mansony ................9-1 Owner Patrick Joseph Redmond Trainer Colm Murphy Colm Murphy (Irish: Colm Ó Murchú) born 18 August 1952, Belleeks, County Armagh[1][2]) is an Irish publican and building contractor who was the first person to be convicted in connection with the Omagh bombing, but whose conviction was overturned on  Jockey Barry Geraghty Barry Geraghty (born 16 September 1979 in County Meath, Ireland) is an Irish jockey. Geraghty rode his first winner in January 1997, three years later he became the Irish Champion jump jockey for the first time. He won the Grand National in 2003 on Monty's Pass.  Groom Silja Luetzkendorf Breeder breeder

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 Lyle Buttimer Distances 7l, 1/2l Tony O'Hehir reports BIG ZEB'S season was firmly back on t r a c k y e s t e rd a y t h a n k s t o a seven-length win in the Grade 2 Tied Cottage Chase, which resulted in a number of firms cutting him to joint second favourite for the Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase The Queen Mother Champion Chase is a Grade 1 National Hunt chase in the United Kingdom for five-year-old and above horses. It is run over a distance of 2 miles (3,219 metres) at Cheltenham Racecourse during the Cheltenham Festival in March. .

Jockey Barry Geraghty described the success as "a strong schooling session" for the nine-year-old, who was cut to 5-1 for the Champion Chase by Betfred, Stan James and Paddy Power, the same price as Twist Magic, and behind only Master Minded.

The winner's jumping hs ad let him down several times in the past, but throughout the 2m trip yesterday it was faultless fault·less  
adj.
Being without fault. See Synonyms at perfect.



faultless·ly adv.
 and a fine leap at the final fence sealed a victory which was his from before two out bar a fals l.

The success clearly pleased trainer Colm Murphy, who said: "I was delighted with that performance, and it will be nice taking him back to Cheltenham on the back of a display like that.

"We've done plenty of schooling with him and freshened him up for today. We were lucky, too, that our horses hardly missed a beat during the bad weather."

Murphy added: "Big Zeb had a few little problems which we think we have ironed out. After he disappointed in the Tingle Creek Chase, we discovered he had a ringbone problem on his off-foreleg. We gave him a couple of treatments and he seems fine now.

"I'ms not saying the problem was the only reason for his moderate showing at Sandown - I blame myself for not waiting a bit longer before running him again after his win at Navan - but it can't have helped.

"We have just over six weeks to go until Cheltenham and this horse is best when fresh and bouncing. Spring seems to be his time of year."

Big Zeb will head straight for Cheltenham and will have the Kerrygold Champion Chase, in which he ran Master Minded to a head last year after blundering at the final fence, back at Punchestown as his end-of-season target.

Sent to the front four out after Mansony - winner of the Tied Cottage last year - had made the running, 5-4 shot Big Zeb ran on strongly to beat 9-10 favourite Golden Silver, who has now been beaten on all four of his visits to Punchestown and was slow over the fourth and fifth fences. Mansony was half a length back in third.

Ruby Walsh Ruby Walsh (born Rupert Walsh on May 14 1979 in Kill, County Kildare) is the reigning Irish National Hunt champion jockey. He is the second child, and eldest son, of former champion amateur jockey Ted Walsh and his wife Helen. , who was riding Golden Silver for only the second time, said of theWillie Mullins-trained runnerup: "He was a bit deliberate at the fourth and fifth, and you can't afford to give that sort of advantage away." The Markets, page 18

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Date:Feb 1, 2010
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