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Zeb’s Big moment arrives

Big Zeb will put his Seasons Holidays Queen Mother Champion Chase credentials on the line at Punchestown on Sunday.

The nine-year-old is reported to be in fine shape as he bids to redeem his reputation in the Tied Cottage Chase on Cheltenham Trials Day at the County Kildare track.

The talented two-miler was sent off favourite for the Tingle Creek at Sandown in December but could only finish a distant fourth behind a rejuvenated Twist Magic.

“Touch wood he's fine, we're happy with him and he's entered for Sunday. Fingers crossed he'll be there,” said trainer Colm Murphy.

“We backed off him for a while after Sandown and got stuck back into him after Christmas. Hopefully all will go well there on Sunday.”

Big Zeb, who fell in last season's Champion Chase, is 10-1 to make amends in March.

Henry de Bromhead “can't wait” to tackle the Irish Independent Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham with Sizing Europe.

The in-form handler secured another Grade One success at Leopardstown on Sunday with An Cathaoir Mor, who just over a week ago was still a maiden over fences.

However, with Sizing Europe stood in his box at home, David Casey produced a peach of a ride to beat Sports Line in the Irish Arkle and now De Bromhead has his sights fixed firmly on Prestbury Park in March with his stable star.

“I feel very lucky to have them both in my yard, they are two very good horses,” said De Bromhead.

“Sizing Europe is in super form. We've freshened him up since Christmas and he is looking really well in himself as a result.

“With the way he looks at the moment, I can't wait for Cheltenham and everything is all set for it now.

“An Cathaoir Mor will have an entry in the Arkle but he absolutely loves bottomless ground and it is very rare that it comes up like that there in March.”

Sizing Europe is a best priced 6-1 for the Arkle on the first day of the Festival.

Belfast Telegraph