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Silver foils Zeb in Tied Cottage

Golden Silver (3-1) got the better of Big Zeb at the fifth attempt in the Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown.

Colm Murphy's Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Big Zeb (4-6 favourite) appeared to have done everything right, having taken up the running at the third-last.

Barry Geraghty looked confident, but he got in tight to the final two fences, with Paul Townend creeping closer all of the time on Willie Mullins' charge. There was not much in it at the line, but Big Zeb lost momentum on the run-in and went down by half a length.

Mullins said: "It just goes to prove the old adage that if you're not in, you can't win. He didn't jump well early and he only got into it in the last half mile.

"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."

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."


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