A trip to Aintree may be next for The Big Breakaway after he lost his unbeaten record at last week’s Cheltenham Festival.
Bought for 360,000 euros after winning his only start in the point-to-point sphere last spring, the Getaway gelding looked every inch a top-class prospect in winning his first two starts over hurdles for Colin Tizzard at Chepstow and Newbury.
The five-year-old stepped up to Grade One level for the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle – and while he never threatened to land a telling blow, he fared best of the British contingent in finishing fourth behind Envoi Allen, Easywork and The Big Getaway.
“The three in front of him were all a year older than him, and he didn’t run too bad a race,” said Tizzard.
“I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we go three miles at Aintree – because it looked like that is what he wants.
“The Irish probably won’t be coming over to Aintree, because they won’t be doing both that and Punchestown, so there is every chance he could go there.”