God’s Own a possible for Haydock

God's Own has emerged as a surprise contender for the Betfair Chase at Haydock next month.

Tom George: Not against trying God's Own over three miles in the Betfair Chase.

Tom George's three-times Grade One winner made a pleasing reappearance in the Old Roan at Aintree when a fast-finishing second to Third Intention.

While he has never run over three miles before under George's guidance, he does have a win over two miles and five furlongs to his name over hurdles.

George said of his Aintree run: "I was delighted with him. He just got stopped in his tracks at the third-last when the horse in front made a mistake.

"That cost him a lot of momentum, but he flew home and has come out of the race well.

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"Where we go next I'm unsure, really, as he's so ground dependent. The Amlin Chase (Ascot) is a possibility, but he wants that good ground.

"He might get an entry in the Betfair Chase. I don't think three miles will be a problem now that he is quite switched off and relaxed in his races.

"He was staying on over two and a half miles last time and has won over two miles, five over hurdles.

"If it is good ground I would quite like to try him over three, and Haydock is the best place to do it as it is a flat track.

"If we're not in a Grade One we're giving away weight, and there aren't many Grade Ones over two and a half miles.

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"We know he'll be having a good break over Christmas so if the ground stays good I'm not against stepping him up in trip.

"I'm not against running him in the Betfair. I've no doubt he'd get the trip at a track like Haydock. If it stays dry it's certainly not ruled out, but I'd need to discuss it with the owners."

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