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Big Zeb and Barry Geraghty win the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase Leopardstown 29.12.2010

Big Zeb: the third Grade 1 winner this season by Oscar

  PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos) 

Big Zeb maintains Oscar's good run

Leopardstown: Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase, 2m1f, Grade 1

BIG ZEB (9 g Oscar - Our Siveen by Deep Run)

Breeder: Lyle Buttimer in Ireland

QUEEN Mother Champion Chase winner Big Zeb turned in a faultless display of jumping to fend off Golden Silver (by Mansonnien) to take this Grade 1 event and maintain the good run currently enjoyed by Coolmore's leading jumps sire Oscar.

Victory by the Colm Murphy-trained gelding brings Oscar's tally of Grade 1 winners for the season to three following Fighting Fifth Hurdle hero Peddlers Cross and Oscars Well, who was successful in the Navan Novice Hurdle earlier this month. Another representative, Oscar Dan Dan, won the Lismullen Hurdle at Navan in November.

Oscar has been a fixture among the top ten leading jumps sires since the 2005-6 season and currently fills fourth behind King's Theatre, Presenting and Anshan. Now rising 17-years-old, the sonof Sadler's Wells will stand for €5,000 under the Coolmore banner at Grange Stud next season.

A half-brother to minor jumps winner Herbert Buchanan, Big Zeb is the tenth foal out of winning hurdler Our Siveen. She is a half-sister to four minor winners over jumps and from the further family of smart hurdler How Brave.

Our Siveen's final foal is an unnamed four-year-old sister to Big Zeb.

Breeder Lyle Buttimer sold Big Zeb as a foal at the 2001 Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale to a cash buyer for €2,400. Pat Redmond paid €34,000 for the gelding three years later at the Goffs Land Rover Sale.

 

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Oscar £951,910
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