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Murphy's Naas victor in Big Time

Trainer John Murphy's phone has been ringing off the hook since the impressive victory of Big Time at Naas on Wednesday evening.

Sent off at 16/1 in the Fishery Lane Race, won last year by subsequent Guineas winner Dawn Approach, the Kheylef colt beat a smart field by a length and a half.

The Co Cork trainer is now in the enviable position of being able to decide to stick or twist, with the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot on the agenda.

"I don't think he'll run again (before Royal Ascot), unless we get some nice, quick ground," said Murphy. "He's a beautiful mover so I think we'll go straight there and he'll be even better on nice ground.

"The phone hasn't stopped ringing with people showing an interest in him. We would love to keep him to train as we have no idea where he will end up. I think he's special.''

Irish Independent