God’s Own set for Champion Chase

Gods Own Queen Mother Champion Chase

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Tom George has revealed a decision is yet to be made on which Cheltenham race God’s Own will feature in but the trainer says the Queen Mother Champion Chase is preferred at the moment.

The eight-year-old, who finished runner-up to Un De Sceaux in the Arkle last season, has not picked up a victory since November 2014 but his recent performance has lifted spirits going into the Festival at Prestbury Park.

Under the guidance of jockey Paddy Brennan, the bay gelding clinched second place at Kempton Park last time out in the Racing UK 3 Devices 1 Price Graduation Chase.

Encouraging displays were also witnessed at Aintree and Exeter last year and the Crossed Fingers Partnership-owned charge currently has two entries for Cheltenham in March.

The Champions Chase and the Ryanair Chase are the two possible races for God’s Own and the gelding is priced at 34.00 for both of the high-class events.

George is yet to confirm which line-up his charge will be in but the trainer says he is extremely pleased with the preparations going into the meeting.

“I’m very happy with him,” George is quoted as saying by Sporting Life. “He came out of his Kempton race very well and we’re just stepping things up with him now and he’ll be ready for Cheltenham.

“At this stage we’re probably leaning towards the Champion Chase with him, but we haven’t made any firm decisions yet.” God’s Own will face a difficult task to win the Champion Chase at Cheltenham with Un De Sceaux the overwhelming favourite to follow on from his Arkle success at 1.67.

Vautour is also expected to make a serious bid for victory at a price of 3.50 while the legendary Sprinter Sacre is a 6.00 shot to triumph on one of the biggest stages yet again.

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