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Proud Paddy out on his Own to triumph at Punchestown

By Nick Robson

Paddy Brennan was a proud man after riding God’s Own to victory in the Boylesports Champion Chase on the opening day of the Punchestown Festival.

Tom George’s eight-year-old, a winner at the prestigious meeting two years ago, returned to Ireland following what was widely regarded as a fortuitous win in the Melling Chase at Aintree following the shock fall of the Willie Mullins-trained superstar Vautour.

The pair did battle once more in this two-mile Grade One and Vautour was unsurprisingly a warm order to get back on the winning trail as 4-9 favourite.

God’s Own (9-1) and Simonsig (6-1) looked set to fight it out jumping the final obstacle and it was Brennan’s mount who found most to claim victory by two lengths.

Vautour did stay on late in the day to grab the runner-up spot from Simonsig.

Brennan said: “For the first mile I had no control and I just let him go, but to be fair he came back then and I filled him up. He was awesome.

“All credit to Richie Galway (clerk of the course) — the ground out there is probably the nicest ground I’ve ridden on this year.

“It’s great to ride a big one on my home turf. This is where I’m from and it’s a proud day,” he added.

Vautour’s owner Rich Ricci suggested his charge is likely to stick to longer distances.

“I would say two-and-a-halfor two-mile-five suits him. Maybe the Gold Cup,” he said.

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