Bookmakers have dramatically shortened the odds for God’s Own (6g Oscar-Dantes Term, by Phardante) in the G1 Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham following his success at Exeter (pictured) this week.
The son of Oscar, also a G1 winner at this year’s Punchestown Festival, reappeared in the G2 Haldon Gold Cup with a five-length success over Balder Succes. The favourite Cue Card was back in fourth.
God’s Own was cut to 14/1 for the G1 Queen Mother Champion Chase by bookmakers. He is also still a novice for this season and is a 7/1 chance for the G1 Arkle Chase at Cheltenham.
Trainer Tom George told Racing UK: ”I suppose that people thought that Punchestown might have been a bit of a fluke but we never had any doubts about that and he’d run well before that against Balder Succes, he’s improved again over the summer and he’s obviously progressing.
“If you look at him, paddock judges might say he might be a bit burly, but he was only four kilos heavier than when he won at Punchestown and I knew that.
“He won his Grade 1 in Ireland on the first day of the British season so he remains eligible for novice chases and we’ll probably look at the Henry VIII at Sandown or something like that now and he’ll have a break in the winter when the ground gets too soft as he prefers good ground.”
The former Irish point-to-pointer was bred by Caroline O’Driscoll and bought for £62,000 by George at Brightwells in May 2012.