Classic Getaway shortened for next year’s Champion Bumper after a bloodless victory on his debut under rules at Tipperary on Tuesday afternoon.
The Cheveley Park Stud gelding, who was purchased for £570,000 after his Borris House victory between the flags, was sent off a 4/9 favourite in Munster under Patrick Mullins and duly scored a 15-length romp for Closutton handler, Willie.
And despite shortening in the market for next season’s Wednesday finale at the Festival, dropping from 8-1 into 6’s, the son of Getaway appears set for a tilt over obstacles, the winning rider confirmed.
He told At The Races: “He’s a big baby and that’s why I was keen to teach him and get him to stride out. He is a big baby at home for a five-year-old who had a point-to-point run and he’s not a bumper horse.
“I imagine he’ll go jumping later in the season – he wouldn’t have run, only the ground was so wet and we said we’d get a run into him.
“Willie didn’t rush him and let him settle in. He didn’t have to run this season, but it just happened with the weather.
“I think he’ll continue to improve mentally.”