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  • 13:50 Boylesports.com Tied Cottage Chase 2m

  • (Grade 2) €40,000 added 5yo+ 5 ran
  • Winner €26,000 2nd €7,600 3rd €3,599 4th €1,199
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 3.80s
  • Off time: 13:50:11

Silver takes gold from Zeb

Golden Silver gains revenge on Big Zeb in the Tied Cottage Chase

Last Updated: 30/01/11 5:01pm

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Golden Silver received a fine ride from Paul Townend to win the Tied Cottage.

Golden Silver received a fine ride from Paul Townend to win the Tied Cottage.

Golden Silver gained revenge on Big Zeb with a narrow success in the Grade Two Boylesports.com Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown.

The Willie Mullins trained nine year-old had finished behind Big Zeb on the two previous occasions that they had clashed this season but received a fine ride from Paul Townend to collar the favourite on the run to the line.

Townend had held Golden Silver at the rear of the five strong field in the early stages of this race with his mount looking out of sorts, making mistakes at the first two fences.

However, he nursed the triple Grade One winning chaser into contention and gradually picked off his rivals one by one. Golden Silver was still a length down jumping the last but produced his best leap of the contest at that fence to launch down a strong challenge in the short run to the line and prevailed by half a length in a driving finish.

Townend said: "We've got close to him before but never beaten him. "They went a good gallop and it was just a case of letting him find his way.

"I thought we'd let them get a bit far in front of us but he put his head down, winged the last, and galloped all the way to the line.

"He deserves to go to Cheltenham but that's up to Willie. He's doing everything right, anyway."

Golden Silver had lost all four of his previous meetings with Big Zeb but rewarded his trainer's decision to have another crack at his rival.

"It just goes to prove the old adage that if you're not in, you can't win." said Mullins.

"He didn't jump well early and he only got into it in the last half mile.

"His style of racing suits being dropped in like that, though.

"I'd imagine he could go straight across the water (to Cheltenham).

"I was thinking of the Ryanair, but we'll leave him in the Champion Chase as well and see what happens.

"I thought he could be a bit flat coming here off the back of recent runs, but maybe he is better suited to having a run rather than being trained.

"Going on the evidence, and the way he operates, he could run again before Cheltenham."

Zeb and Europe

Colm Murphy's Big Zeb had raced well within himself in fourth, tracking Scotsirish and Sizing Europe before Barry Geraghty drove the reigning Queen Mother Champion Chase winner into a clear lead turning for home.

However, Geraghty soon had cause to shake the bridle at the son of Oscar who would have preferred a quicker surface and he couldn't repel the challenge of his old rival.

Murphy said of Big Zeb: "There was always going to be a day like that and today was the day.

"Anyway, we learned plenty and he seems to be OK after it.

"He probably jumped too well to get there when he did."

Sizing Europe was having his first run since finishing second to Kauto Star at Down Royal in November and travelled well but had no answer when the pace quickened and was readily left behind.

Sky Bet quoted Golden Silver at 12-1 for the Queen Mother Champion Chase whilst pushing Big Zeb out to 11-4 whilst William Hill slashed the winner's price from 14-1 into 8s.

Big Zeb was eased out to 7-2 from 11-4, meaning Master Minded hardened to 2-1 from 9-4.

Totesport re-introduced Golden Silver at 8-1, having previously taken him out of their betting, and also cut him into 10-1 from 14s for the Ryanair.

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