The Big Breakaway Impresses At Quakerstown

Son Of Getaway Makes Impressive Debut For Doyle

The Big Breakaway (4g Getaway - Princess Mairead, by Blueprint) made an impressive winning debut in Sunday’s four-year-old maiden at Quakerstown.

The Donnchadh Doyle-trained newcomer was well-touted before the race and was sent off favourite of 11 under Richard James. Ridden in mid-division, the chesnut began to creep forward from three out and led before the second last. Staying on well, he recorded a winning margin of ten lengths with great ease, returning the fastest time of the day by some way.

The now sales ring bound winner also holds appeal on pedigree, being a half-brother to Kildisart, a Grade 3 winner at Aintree recently. Picked up by Monbeg Stables for €55,000 at the Derby Sale, The Big Breakaway was bred by William Mangan.

Completing a double on the card for their Grange Stud sire was the Donal Hassett-trained Southern Girl (5m Getaway - She’s Got To Go, by Glacial Storm), who ran out a taking 12 length winner on her second start. The chesnut mare had obviously shown promise at home, having been sent off favourite on debut in January, when she finished fourth.

Bred by Philip Brolan and owned by Sarah Smyth, Southern Girl is a full-sister to Jarveys Plate (Getaway), a 13-length winner of a Listed hurdle at Cheltenham earlier in the year and who also began his career with Donal Hassett.

Meanwhile, over at Oldcastle, Tokyo Getaway (5m Getaway - Golden Blossom, by Anshan) was another obliging favourite, when winning the mares maiden for Peter and Teresa Flood. She, too, caught the eye last time out, finishing second at Tattersalls in early December. Once again ridden by Anthony Fox, she scored by three lengths and recorded a faster time than the card’s four-year-old maiden.

Tokyo Getaway was bred by Susan Bredin and comes from the family of Grade 1 chaser Mad Moose.