Joe Tizzard: “The sky is the limit with The Big Breakaway”


Coral ambassador previews the Tizzard stables’ Cheltenham Day Two runners

13.30 Cheltenham (Ballymore Novice Hurdle) – The Big Breakaway and Getaway Fred

TheBig Breakaway is a hugely talented horse. He cost quite a bit and we hold himin extremely high regard. His form has been exceptional. He has to now go anddo it in what is a hugely competitive Ballymore but the sky is the limit withthis horse.

Wewould have just liked to see him go and have another run. He was all set to gofor the Grade 2 novice hurdle on trials day at Cheltenham but he banged hishock three days before and had to miss the race. But he’s in beautiful form athome and this is the next step for him and we’ll see how good he is.

GetawayFred has been a good solid honest horse, and he’s going to give his owners alovely day out and if he can finish in the first five or six then we’ll be overthe moon. He won’t lose anything for the experience and we are not going therejust for the sake of it as he’s a decent horse. His owners are going to have agreat time, and he’ll learn plenty from it.

14.10 Cheltenham (RSA Novices Chase) – Slate House and Copperhead

Ifyou’d said twelve months ago that Copperhead would be a leading contender forthe RSA then we wouldn’t have believed you, but he’s been so progressivethrough the season, especially over fences.

Hewill cope with the ground very well and he could end up anywhere. I believe heneeds to take another step forward to be winning this, but he could well dothat. He’s very straightforward and he travels and he stays which is what youneed. I’m not putting anyone off him but he does need to improve again to winthis. He came out of Ascot really well and he could well do.

Ifwe hadn’t have run Slate House in the Cotswold Chase then he would be a lotshorter in the betting than he is. He’s a Grade 1 winner of the Kauto Star, andhe travelled really well that day and just did it on the bridle until he had togive him a little squeeze after the last.

He’sbeen very competitive in one of the best handicaps, when he fell two out whenlooking like he was going to go close. I think he’s over-priced, I really do.He’s in great form at home, you can forget his last run, and he’ll just travelinto it.

Ispoke to Robbie Power and I said he couldn’t desert Slate House after what he’ddone on him, and that there wasn’t much between the two of ours in the race.

15.30 Cheltenham (Queen Mother Champion Chase)

IfI had the choice I’d ride Defi Du Seuil. I’m a bit biased ashe has lots of form with Lostintranslation, and that’s great form.

I was very impressedwith him at Ascot last time. It was a slowly run race and he really picked upwell. You need to stay too and he does that.

He’s a seven year oldthat’s won seven Grade Ones, which proves how good he is. That’s not takinganything away from Altior and Chacun Pour Soi, but you’d have to think aboutthe concern over Altior in the last couple of days. It’s not ideal. 


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