George's Own goal is on target for success at Sandown
A Tingle Creek dominated this week by talk of Willie Mullins and what he might run can ultimately go the way of Tom George and God's Own. Douvan's withdrawal at the final declaration stage broke the hearts of many ante-post punters, with stablemate Un De Sceaux now the market leader.
But with the ground likely to be on the good side, his price (7-4) is not tempting at all for a mud-loving horse who is possibly not the superstar many once thought.
Un De Sceaux could still run riot, but the underrated God's Own can give him most to think about.
George has been keen to try the eight-year-old over longer trips this season, and he has not disappointed - even without ripping up that many giant oaks.
God's Own made a nice return when second in the Old Roan at Aintree, after which he travelled sweetly for a long way in the two-mile-five Stella Artois 1965 Chase at Ascot.
He eventually finished third - by no means a bad run as the ground was softer than connections would have liked.
And with no significant rainfall forecast at Sandown, the assumption is that God's Own - with Adrian Heskin aboard - will find conditions more advantageous than in Berkshire, which will not be the case for Un De Sceaux.
AINTREE: 12.00 Evening Hush, 12.30 Oldgrangewood, 1.00 Charlemar, 1.35 Ucello Conti, 2.10 Byron Flyer, 2.40 Many Clouds, 3.15 La Vaticane.
CHEPSTOW: 12.35 Rouge Devils, 1.05 Boa Island, 1.40 Geordie Des Champs, 2.15 Zanstra, 2.45 Dolores Delightful, 3.20 Mountainous, 3.50 Eaton Hill.
FAIRYHOUSE: 11.55 Taglietelle, 12.25 Who's That, 12.55 Art Of Payroll, 1.25 Rolling Rocket, 2.00 Runfordave, 2.30 Exactoris, 3.05 Veinard, 3.40 Broken Soul.
SANDOWN: 12.20 Bardd, 12.50 Catherines Well, 1.20 Rainy City, 1.55 Altior, 2.25 Melodic Rendezvous, 3.00 GOD'S OWN (NAP), 3.30 Rocky Creek.
WETHERBY: 12.10 Baden, 12.40 Cole Harden, 1.10 Lough Salt, 1.45 I Just Know, 2.20 Sakhee's City, 2.50 Nautical Twilight, 3.25 Passing Call.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.15 Magic City, 5.45 Dodgy Bob, 6.15 Lmntrix, 6.45 Flaming Marvel, 7.15 Sutter County, 7.45 Watersmeet, 8.15 Hier Encore, 8.45 Lobster Cocktail.
DOUBLE: God's Own and Ucello Conti.
FAIRYHOUSE (Sunday): 12.40 Landofhopeandglory, 1.10 Peace News, 1.40 Vroum Vroum Mag, 2.10 Campeador, 2.40 Alpha Des Obeaux, 3.10 As De Pique, 3.40 Calino D'Airy.
HUNTINGDON (Sunday): 12.30 Sweettoothtommy, 1.00 Winning Ticket, 1.30 Herons Heir, 2.00 JOSSES HILL (NAP), 2.30 Burbank, 3.00 Epic Ethel, 3.30 Copperfacejack.
KELSO (Sunday): 12.20 Sam Spinner, 12.50 The Dutchman, 1.20 Kelka, 1.50 Endeavor, 2.20 Grove Silver, 2.50 Dynaste, 3.20 Vincent.
DOUBLE: Josses Hill and Grove Silver.