Big Zeb delighted trainer Colm Murphy in a schooling session at Leopardstown racecourse this morning as he continued his preparation for the Cheltenham Festival.
Last year’s Queen Mother Champion Chase winner jumped six fences under Barry Geraghty in his last major piece of work ahead of his bid to retain the two-mile title on 16 March.
“Big Zeb popped a line of fences. He was very good and we’re very happy with him. He worked with another horse that gave him a lead”, said Murphy.
“We`ll just keep him ticking over now until Cheltenham”.
Murphy also worked Raise The Beat, who runs in the Champion Bumper despite not having raced since winning at Naas in October.
“He worked over a mile and a half. All went well and we’re very happy. It’s more than likely he’ll run in the bumper”, Murphy continued.
While Murphy did not take Quito De La Roque to Leopardstown, the Grade Two winner is still an intended runner at Cheltenham, where he holds entries in the RSA Chase and National Hunt Chase.
“We didn’t work him, but he’s A1,’ the trainer added. “It depends on the ground. As long as it isn’t fast, he’ll go. We’ll decide which race nearer the time”.