Encouraging quotes today from Colm Murphy regarding Big Zeb and Marcel Rolland on Original. The former reports his charge in good form ahead of his final trial race at the weekend. “He’s done some good work since Leopardstown and I think he’s improved since too, so fingers crossed he’ll go really well. He came out of the last race really well and I’m just hoping the ground won’t be too bad on Sunday. He knows his way around Punchestown and with a clear round he should go close. He’ll want to be winning well if he’s to have any chance in the Champion Chase.”
Murphy and Rolland optimistic over Big Zeb and Original
Big Zeb is now into a best price 11/1 which is a stand out price with William Hill.
Marcel Rolland confirms Original for the Arkle, that the horse is well and the plan will be the same as Kempton. “He looks well. He’s better going left-handed, so we are hoping he can improve around Cheltenham. He’ll go straight there and will follow the same programme as Kempton., where he came over 10 days beforehand.”
Interesting comment from the trainer about racing left-handed. Something I hadn’t factored in and another positive for the horse’s chances.
Original remains a best price 25/1 but this is only available with Ladbrokes.