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Big Zeb to get Hilly Way Chase entry, while Quito De La Roque has Punchestown and Aintree options

Updated: Sunday, 02 Dec 2012 12:23 | Comments

Former Champion Chaser Big Zeb (left), seen here leading another former champion, Sizing Europe, could run at Cork next weekend
Former Champion Chaser Big Zeb (left), seen here leading another former champion, Sizing Europe, could run at Cork next weekend

Big Zeb could run at Cork next Sunday ahead of his bid to win the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase at Leopardstown a fourth time.

Trainer Colm Murphy has the Hilly Way Chase as an option for his stable stalwart as part of 11-year-old's preparation for the Grade One over Christmas which he won in 2008, 2010 and last year.

"He's very good. I'm not sure where we go with him," said the County Wexford handler.

"We'll give him an entry in the Hilly Way at Cork on Sunday.

"All being well, we'll go back to Leopardstown at Christmas for the Dial-A-Bet Chase."

Big Zeb, winner of the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2010, was not disgraced on his seasonal debut when second to Flemenstar in the Fortria Chase at Navan.

Trainer Colm Murphy is also looking to run Quito De La Roque at either Aintree or Punchestown next weekend.

The eight-year-old holds an entry in the Grade One John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase on Sunday and will be put in the Listed chase over three miles and one furlong at Aintree 24 hours earlier.

Murphy was pleased with Quito De La Roque's third place behind Kauto Stone in the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal four weeks ago - his first racecourse action since last Christmas.

"He's in the John Durkan and we'll give him an entry at Aintree in the three-mile Listed chase the day before," said the County Wexford trainer.

"We'll stick him in there and have a look.

"It will give us another option and it looks like he'll run in one or the other.

"He ran well at Down Royal and I'm hoping he'll come on a bit for it."

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