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Murphy charge ready for Europe test

Last Updated: 04/02/12 12:33pm

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Big Zeb: Tried and tested route going to the Cheltenham Festival

Big Zeb: Tried and tested route going to the Cheltenham Festival

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Big Zeb is taking his usual route tot he Queen Mother Champion Chase by running in the Boylesports.com Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown on Sunday.

Colm Murphy's star has won seven of his last nine races, with his two defeats in that time coming in this race 12 months ago to the ill-fated Golden Silver and at Cheltenham, behind Sizing Europe.

He meets Henry de Bromhead's excellent chaser once again, but spirits in the camp are high after he gained his revenge on Sizing Europe at Punchestown in May and has looked better than ever in his two races so far this season.

"He runs well at Punchestown, he's very consistent and he's a better horse in the spring, at least it seems that way over the years," said Murphy.

"We're very happy with him and everything has gone well with him so it's fingers crossed now.

"Ideally you would like better ground but that will be the case for us all and a few more runners in the race wouldn't go amiss.

"Robbie (Power) will get the leg up again as Barry (Geraghty) is needed at Musselburgh, but he knows him really well now.

"On paper it's between us two again, it could be the next day as well, and it's our last run before Cheltenham.

"It's the route we've gone the last couple of years and it suits us well," he told At The Races.

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