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Published: 10:10 | 21/3/16

God's Own has Punchestown target


The Punchestown Festival is the target for God's Own following his pleasing run at Cheltenham.

Tom George's eight-year-old finished fourth in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, coming home eight-and-a-half-lengths behind Sprinter Sacre.

He has emerged from the race in good order and his trainer is keen to give him the opportunity to prove himself on a right-handed track with the Boylesports Champion Chase at Punchestown the likely target.

"He's come out of it well. He's run a good race and we're delighted with him. He's run a very solid race in what was probably a well-above standard renewal of the Champion Chase," George reflected.

"He made a mistake at the second last which stopped him in his tracks. There was no bad lucky story.

"He did definitely jump out to the right there and we know he's going to have better options going right-handed, though he does run good races going left-handed.

"What will suit him will be going back right-handed when we get the opportunity. He likes this better ground so this is the time of year we have to make use of it.

"Punchestown is very much at the top of our list. Whether we go to Aintree in between or not, we'll wait and see. I'm not sure yet.

"The advantage of Cheltenham is that he's only out of his stable for four hours, so he's taken it very well. It's not a big deal for us going to Cheltenham. It makes a big difference."

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