Master Debonair is being lined up for a step up in class and a return to Ascot in the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle.
Having opened his account over hurdles with an impressive win at the track last month, the Colin Tizzard-trained five-year-old will bid to follow it up in the Grade Two, registered as the Kennel Gate, on Friday week.
Although handicap options were considered for the Listed bumper winner, connections believe sticking to novice company is the right path to take.
Joe Tizzard, son and assistant, said: “Master Debonair has been given a rating of 136 and although the owners were keen to have a look at handicaps he will probably go back to Ascot for the Supreme Trial on the 21st.
“We are just a bit weary of chucking these horses that don’t have masses of experience into a 20-runner handicap.
“They are not going to get a lot of light and things their own way too much in races like that so the Kennel Gate will be his next stop.”
The Big Breakaway will be given the chance to follow up his impressive debut victory under rules at Chepstow at Newbury December 18th.
Tizzard added: “I think he is the real deal and he was very impressive at Chepstow. It is quite possible he will go to Newbury on the 18th for a two-and-a-half-mile novice race with a penalty.
“He came with a big reputation and cost a few bob but he has done everything right at home and everything right on the racecourse in beating a second-season novice. I think it was a pretty taking performance.”
Looking beyond his next start The Big Breakaway could follow in the hoofprints of his Gold Cup-winning stablemate Native River ahead of a potential outing at the Cheltenham Festival.
Tizzard added: “There are plenty of options for him after his next run. He could go to the Listed race at Exeter that Native River and Vision Des Flos won back over two miles and that wouldn’t hinder him.
“That could be a nice option before Cheltenham. We are just minding him a bit as he is a big four-year-old. We will let him grow and take our time with him.”