Melling hero God’s Own retires
Time was called about the racing career of Tom George’s commendable veteran God’s Own.
During a career spanning the 11-year-old won well finished # 600,000 in set and win prize-money and eight races.
God’s Own claimed three Grade One yells – with triumphs from the Ryanair Novice Chase along with also the Boylesports Champion Chase at the Punchestown Festival sandwiching top-level victory.
He was last seen finishing fifth of six runners when bidding for a third success in last month’s Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter.
Talking on his website www.tomgeorgeracing.co.uk, the coach explained:”The choice was made to retire God’s Own. He’s been his owners, the Crossed Fingers Partnership along with a wonderful horse for us, and we’re delighted we’ve been able to call it a day while he is healthy and noise.
“It is quite fitting his last run was at the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter, a race he had won at 2014 and again last year. They were good days and his three Grade One wins – 2 at the Punchestown Festival plus you in Aintree’s Grand National meeting – are valued by most of us.
“In allhe won eight races and was placed a further 19 occasions, for example in six Grade Ones. He awakened having won a total of over #625,000 at prize-money.
“Basil, as he’s known around the lawn, was runner-up behind Un De Sceaux in the Arkle Trophy in the 2015 Cheltenham Festival and he went on to finish third, fourth and fifth at the Champion Chase.
“It was in April that he finished third – five lengths behind Altior – in Sandown on the final day of the year”
George revealed to him retiring God’s Own sooner than he may have done that the existing testing conditions have led.
He added:”He’s still capable of conducting at the very best two-mile races, however he will formally turn 12 on New Year’s Day.
“With the recent wet weather meaning he is unlikely to get his favoured excellent ground this winter, so it would not be reasonable to ask him take about the younger generation of conditions .
“It’s been a pleasure to own Basil at Down Farm for at least seven decades and we’re thrilled he’s been discovered the very ideal house because of his retirement.
“He will devote the rest of winter at Down Farm prior to heading off to live with his normal work aide Sherrie-Anne Derrick. She’s ridden him almost every day he has already been here, so we know he will live the life of luxury he deserves in his old age.”