The Big Breakway Misses Trials Day And Could Miss Festival

The Big Breakaway

Colin Tizzard's star novice hurdler The Big Breakaway has suffered a minor injury setback that has ruled him out of Trials Day at Cheltenham this weekend and may leave lasting effects that could see him miss the Cheltenham festival aswell in March.

The five year old has shown plenty of ability on all three of his starts during his career starting in April of last season when he hosed up in a point to point over in Ireland which saw him bought for €360,000 and was given to Colin Tizzard.

In his rules career he has been faultless on both his starts winning at Chepstow on his British debut in a maiden hurdle and then he backed that up at Newbury in a better standard of race that has since seen the third place go on to land a nice contest.

He won both his races by eight and seven lengths with the latter coming under a penalty which makes it all the more impressive.

Tizzard was looking to send him to Cheltenham this weekend for the Trials Day meeting but with this injury setback if he does end up going to the festival it will end up being his first run of the season.

(Credit At The Races) The handler’s son and assistant Joe said: “We’ve got no plan at the moment as he just banged a joint and it went a bit big.

“We haven’t got as far as picking another race out for him yet, we’ll just let this settle down for a day or two.

“Unfortunately it meant we couldn’t enter him this weekend, so we’ll just have to have a think.

“We’ll play it by ear and see what’s about before Cheltenham.”