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God's Own set to step up.

GOD'S OWN is set to step back up in trip after forcing tactics over two miles backfired at Kempton at Christmas.

Tom George wants to take his Haldon Gold Cup winner back to Kempton for the Pendil Novices' Chase on February 21 over an extended two and a half miles - a race in which he was second to Balder Succes last winter.

The Slad trainer is convinced God's Own needs a stiffer test of stamina after he was unsuited by trying to make all the running over two miles in the williamhill.com Novices' Chase.

He ran too free and eventually finished a well-beaten third to Vibrato Valtat.

"Riding him the way we did didn't work at all," said George.

"Paddy (Brennan) said he was far too free and that he almost bolted with him over the first two fences.

"At the end of the day he's more of a stayer. We tried to make it a test of stamina and it didn't work at all the way we rode him. We're going to step him up in trip and ride him more patiently and see where we go.

"We may wait for a race at Kempton in February."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 2, 2015
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