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God’s Own breaks his duck in Ryanair

English raider God’s Own recorded his first victory over fences in the Grade 1 Ryanair Novice Chase, continuing a fantastic day for the bookies by coming home ahead of the rest at odds of 25/1. Tom George’s 6yo had failed to score in three starts over the larger obstacles this season but had shown plenty of progression, particularly when finishing a close 2nd to today’s rival Balder Succes in the Pendil Novices Chase at Kempton.

Balder Succes and fellow market leader Champagne Fever had cut out most of the running but the latter’s jumping was again a bit wayward and he like the first named began to tire as the field turned for home, allowing those travelling off of the pace to come from behind and battle it out in the closing stages.

Barry Geraghty had produced God’s Own at just the right time before the 2nd last and it was another outsider, Moscow Mannon, who emerged as the main danger approaching the last.  Henry de Bromhead’s charge would blunder the last under Davy Russell however, allowing God’s Own to battle on to win by just 1/2 length.  Balder Succes stayed on gamely to finish just a neck back in third.

“We went plenty quick and I was always close enough but I was on the stretch a little bit,” Geraghty said afterwards. “He was a little bit slow three out but I was still hopeful and he pinged the last and it won the race for him.

“I had a question mark about Champagne Fever going into the race and all we could do was follow him and try to beat him and thankfully we beat him today.”

Delighted trainer George added: “He had a couple of lengths to find with Balder Succes on his Kempton run earlier in the season, but we knew he’d be a better horse in the spring and we were happier coming here.

“We purposely hadn’t run him (since February), so he’d be a novice for next season. Barry was excellent on him, but I’m sorry for Paddy Brennan who has done all the work on him. He was a very hard horse when he was a young horse and has taken a lot of handling, but he was always very talented and we knew he’d be very good.

“He’s a stayer and he’ll get further in time. He’s almost half-mad and Barry said he goes down to the last and he really wants to do it.”



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