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One more run for Big Time

Trainer John Murphy will give Big Time just one more run this season, as he expects the colt to excel next season over further.

After winning on his debut at Naas, the Kheleyf colt has finished a half-length second to Sudirman in both the Group Two Railway Stakes and Group One Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.

"I've always thought he'd be better over further so it's been pleasing to see him reach such a high level of form already," said the County Cork handler.

"He'll move up to seven furlongs now, with the National Stakes the possibility. I don't think he'll have more than one more run this year, we'll put him away after his next (run) and look forward to next year.

"It was freaky how the two colts ran exactly to the pound, they are two very exciting horses.

"My lad will have no problem staying a mile next season. He's very exciting and looks like he'll improve for further, he could be anything. Next year I'll be able to train him hard - physically he's very big.

"Along with Tuscan Evening, who was also second in a Group One for me before winning Grade Ones in America, he'd be the best on paper I've ever had."


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