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Sunday, 20 January, 2019

God's Own looks to have everything in his favour says George

God's Own is one of two runners trained by Tom George in the Champion Chase
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Having seen God's Own beat Vautour 12 months ago, Tom George is not fazed at having to take on another Willie Mullins hotpot in Un De Sceaux with a horse who is yet to be beaten at Punchestown.

God's Own won the BoyleSports Champion Chase last year by two lengths from the 4-9 shot Vautour, with Simonsig third, having won the Ryanair Novices' Chase in 2014, to prove he is at his best in the spring.

So there is every hope he can turn round his Tingle Creek Chase running with Un De Sceaux in December, when God's Own was a rallying length and neck behind the winner.

"It's going to be tough, but everything's in our favour at Punchestown," said George. "He's been there twice and won two Grade 1 races."

God's Own had stablemate Sir Valentino two places in front of him when fifth in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, won by Special Tiara, and filled the same place behind Fox Norton at Aintree.

Sir Valentino and Adrian Heskin (right) on the way to victory at Exeter in November

"At Cheltenham, he threw away all chance of winning at the top of the hill," said George. "He did really well to get himself back in contention at the last.

"Aintree didn't work for him, he was never comfortable. We know Punchestown suits him because he likes going right-handed."

He added: "It's a big challenge taking on Un De Sceaux, but if there are any chinks we'll be there to pounce."

Sir Valentino has not run since Cheltenham, and George said of his second string: "I think Punchestown will suit him as well. He'd finished half a length behind Special Tiara the time before, giving him 7lb. His form is solid as well."

God's Own

Pros Comes to the fore in spring and unbeaten at Punchestown

Cons Well beaten in build-up, having won at Aintree last year

BoyleSports Champion Chase card, form and betting

It's going to be tough but everything is in our favour at Punchestown. He's been there twice and won two Grade 1 races
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