Colin Tizzard has no shortage of Grade One performers at his yard and it looks only a matter of time before The Big Breakaway becomes another after maintaining his unbeaten record at Newbury.
Creating a big impression on his debut under rules at Chepstow last month, the 360,000 euro purchase continued to justify his lofty price tag in landing the Conundrum EBF Stallions “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle by seven lengths under Robbie Power.
Tizzard said: “He jumped one and was three lengths up, five lengths up, then he was gone without visibly doing too much.
“Robbie said to be careful running him in really heavy ground, as he is only four and is a big-framed horse. He is one of the loveliest staying novices we’ve had, I would say.”
The Big Breakaway was cut from 16-1 into 12-1 for the Ballymore and left unchanged at 16-1 for the Albert Bartlett by Coral.
Assessing plans, Tizzard is considering giving a dress rehearsal at Cheltenham before the Festival in March.
He said: “It would be lovely to take him there (Cheltenham) and let him have a go at the course. It would be ideal for his education to run him there once. There is bound to be something there on trials day.
“I’m sure he would be entered in the two-and-a-half and three-mile race at the Festival.”
Fraser Island earned a quote of 40-1 for the Triumph Hurdle with Betfair when looking a class above his rivals on his first start for Nicky Henderson in the Prodec Networks Juvenile Hurdle.
Henderson said of the even-money winner: “He has really enjoyed himself. Without being critical of other people’s horses, it wasn’t a very brilliant contest.
“He is nice, but you would want to do that again. If he could do that again you could have a look at something like that (Chatteris Fen).”
Mahler’s Promise ended trainer Seamus Mullins’ 150-day wait for a winner when springing a 33-1 surprise in the Prodec Networks Maiden Hurdle.
James Mullins, assistant to his father, said: “We needed that as it has been four and a half months since we had a winner. There has been no reason for it, as we have not had a bug and nothing has been wrong with them, it was just not our time.
“He is a lovely animal, we had given him a bit of time and he has come right today. He was 33-1 quite rightly on his previous form.”
Stamina tests may eventually bring out the best in Midnight Ginger in the future, but the three year old showed enough speed to make her debut a winning one with a two-and-a-quarter-length success in the Prodec Networks Fillies’ “Junior” Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.
Winning trainer Alan King said of the 6-1 shot: “I’ve always liked her, but she shows stamina and the other filly (Karastani) that I ran and finished further down would be more speed at the moment.
“You probably won’t see her for six weeks or two months and whether she is good enough to go to Aintree in the spring, I don’t know.”