Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Murphy stars off on summer holidays

Big Zeb

Big Zeb and Quito De La Roque are to have a well-deserved summer break after ending the season on a high at Punchestown.

The pair gave trainer Colm Murphy a big-race double, taking the Boylesports.com Champion Chase and the Growise Champion Novice Chase respectively on Tuesday.

Big Zeb gained revenge on his Queen Mother Champion Chase conqueror Sizing Europe, while Quito De La Roque looks set for the big staying chases after extending his winning run to four.

"It was absolutely fantastic for them both to win," said Murphy.

"Big Zeb is good and has come out of it all right. He's been out in the field, no bother on him, and he'll go on his summer break now. I imagine we'll bring him back in about the end of July or August.

"I suppose we'll do much the same next season but there's nothing in concrete. He's not getting any younger and we'll probably make it up as we go along and see what's there for him.

"Quito De La Roque is fine as well and he's going on his holidays too.

"He'll be aimed at the staying chases next season. I hope he'll improve for the summer and he's one to look forward to."

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