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'Special' one attracts big interest

Trainer John Murphy's phone has been ringing off the hook since the impressive victory of Big Time at Naas on Wednesday evening.

Sent off at 16-1 in the Fishery Lane Race, taken last year by subsequent Guineas winner Dawn Approach, the Kheylef colt beat a smart field by upwards of a length and a half.

Owned by Murphy's wife, the County Cork handler is now in the enviable position of being able to decide to stick or twist, with the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot on the agenda.

"I don't think he'll run again (before Royal Ascot), unless we get some nice, quick ground," said Murphy.

"He's a beautiful mover so I think we'll go straight there and he'll be even better on nice ground.

"The phone hasn't stopped ringing with people showing an interest in him.

"We would love to keep him to train as we have no idea where he will end up. I think he's special.

"The ideal thing would be to maybe sell an interest in him but keep him in the yard, like we did with Tuscan Evening (finished second in the Irish 1000 Guineas before being demoted to fourth) a few years ago.

"He's got a good pedigree and had a good blow so there's plenty more to come."

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