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  • 18:40 Ryanair Novice Chase 2m

  • (Grade 1) €110,000 added 5yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner €68,200 2nd €20,900 3rd €9,900 4th €3,300
  • Going: Good to Yielding
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 11.80s
  • Off time: 18:40:35

God's Own was a surprise winner of the Ryanair Novice Chase at the Punchestown Festival

Last Updated: 01/05/14 9:06pm

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God's Own leads Champagne Fever and Moscow Mannon

God's Own leads Champagne Fever and Moscow Mannon

God's Own was a surprise winner of the Grade One Ryanair Novice Chase at the Punchestown Festival for Tom George.

The race appeared to be between Arkle runner-up Champagne Fever and impressive Aintree winner Balder Succes, at least according to the market, and the big two clashed swords for much of the two mile contest.

The 5-4 favourite was soon bowling along towards the head of affairs but was never allowed to dictate matters, firstly being pressed by Arnaud with Balder Succes in close attendance.

Trifolium, Felix Yonger and God's Own were never far away either and Moscow Mannon tracked every move under a fine stalking ride as the race began to develop in the final half a mile.

Champagne Fever wilted quickly once headed in the straight by challengers on either side and it was God's Own under Barry Geraghty who ran on strongest to edge out Moscow Mannon by half a length with Balder Succes back in third.

Geraghty said: "We went plenty quick and I was always close enough but I was on the stretch a little bit. 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."

Gloucestershire-based George said: "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."

It was a welcome change of luck for the trainer after stable star Module had to be pulled up in Tuesday's Champion Chase having being badly hampered by the fall of Hidden Cyclone.

He said: "This week hasn't really gone our way so far and I said to Barry beforehand, 'let's try and complete the course on this one!'"

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