Big Zeb (10g Oscar-Our Siveen, by Deep Run) lit up Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting on Tuesday when recording a remarkable sixth career G1 success when winning the feature Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase for a third time.
Colm Murphy’s charge looked as good as ever as he stayed on in the home straight to take the 2m 1f G1 by a length and a quarter from Noble Prince (7g Montjeu-Noble Pearl, by Dashing Blade).
The winning connections are now looking at another trip to Cheltenham in March for the G1 Queen Mother Champion Chase, a race Big Zeb won in 2010.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to bits,” Murphy told the Racing Post. “That was a very good performance. Big Zeb is a healthier horse this season compared with last season and he is also looking a lot better too.
“If we can keep him in the same sort of form then he’ll deserve another crack at the Queen Mother Champion Chase. He will probably have just one more run before Cheltenham and the Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown on the first Sunday in February would look the obvious race.”
Big Zeb was bred by Lyle Buttimer and bought by his owner Pat Redmond for just 34,000 euros as a three-year-old at the 2004 Goffs Land Rover Sale.