Big Zeb gets the result at Punchestown

Updated: May 3, 2011

The Colm Murphy trained Big Zeb held out to beat Sizing Europe in the Boylesports champion chase at Punchestown on Tuesday.

The former Cheltenham champion chase winner looked the winner three out only for a few poor jumps keeping Sizing Europe in the contest. But in the end Big Zeb turned around his 5l defeat at Cheltenham to win by a length at odd of 9/4 under Barry Geraghty who lost his whip after the last.

Colm Murphy said” He has had his far share of problems; he was all guts today and held on well after a tight tussle. I’m absolutely delighted for him. Everything has gone right since Cheltenham and it’s lovely to win here. He always gives everything and they’ve both given their all from the back of the second last. I was always happy with him, he only made the one mistake but he travelled so well.”

Barry Geraghty said”He needed the better ground today, Cheltenham was fair too dead and he didn’t jump compared to today. He is brave like Moscow Flyer he had plenty of guts today.

Todays Results
3:40 – Kildare Hunt Club Fr. Sean Breen Memorial Chase (for the Ladies Perpetual Cup)
Full result
3m, €6,210.00
1 Outlaw Pete 5/1
2 Wedger Pardy 4/1
3 Butlers Storm 20/1
13 ran Distances: 13l, 10l, 20l
TIME 6m 36.00s (slow by 26.00s)
Jockey: Mr J T McNamara
Trainer: E Bolger
WIN £5.90 PL £1.90, £1.50, £8.40
Ex £22.90
CSF £26.54

4:20 – Evening Herald Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)
Full result
2m, €49,600.00
1 Shot From The Hip 11/2
2 Hidden Universe 11/4F
3 Far Away So Close 6/1
7 ran Distances: 9l, 4l, 14l
TIME 3m 49.70s (slow by 3.70s)
Jockey: A P McCoy
Trainer: E J O’Grady
WIN £5.00 PL £2.60, £3.30
Ex £33.10
CSF £20.94

4:55 – The “3″ Handicap Hurdle (Grade C)
2m, €19,500.00
1 Johnny McGeeney 10/1
2 Nearest The Pin 7/2 Fav
3 Total Excitement 12/1
4 Lightening Sky 66/1
19 ran
WIN: £12.00
EX: £69.20 CSF: £45.56
TRICAST: £459.08

5:30 – Champion Chase (Grade 1)
2m, €86,800.00
1 Big Zeb 9/4
2 Sizing Europe 11/8 Fav
6 ran
WIN: £3.60
EX: £8.00 CSF: £6.05

6:05 – Goffs Land Rover Bumper
2m, €59,000.00
1 Texas Jack 14/1
2 Maller Tree 16/1
3 Purcell’s Bridge 12/1
25 ran
WIN: £19.90
EX: £964.10 CSF: £227.60

6:40 – Growise Champion Novice Chase (Grade 1)
3m1f, €49,600.00
1 Quito De La Roque 7/2
2 Western Charmer 14/1
3 Head Of The Posse 11/1
8 ran
WIN: £3.70
EX: £31.30 CSF: £47.66

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