It could be that we are all playing for places behind Altior, and he is clearly some horse. Just when you think you may be in with a chance of beating him, he finds an extra gear, and he will win this if anywhere close to his best, we all know that. But don’t forget what a good horse God’s Own is on his day – a triple Grade 1 winner – and the less rain that falls for him, the better. This time last year he wasn’t beaten far when third in the Champion Chase at Punchestown, and decent ground is the key to him. With that in mind, I thought he ran a great race when third to Altior in the soft at Cheltenham last month, and he was a tremendous third to Un De Sceaux in the Tingle Creek here a couple of years ago. Tom’s horses are in fair form, and he will run well.
I haven’t sat on him recently but I have a feeling he will run a huge race. I know this season has not gone to plan at all since his third in the Badger Ales in November, and that was underlined when we fell at the first at Ascot last time. But I have this hunch that carrying just 11 stone here could spark him back to form. It’s a long time since he carried such a low weight in a handicap, as he has always been hauling the likes of 11st 12lb around. He has dropped to the same mark as when winning at Cheltenham a couple of seasons ago, and he is actually 3lb lower than when third, beaten just a head and a neck (again under 11st 12lb) in this race last year. If it stays as good ground, or not far off it after today’s rain, then that is another big positive and I think he will run really well at a big price.
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