Tom George satisfied with Double Shuffle and God's Own after Kempton workout

Tue 27 Feb 2018

King George runner-up Double Shuffle and Cheltenham Festival regular God's Own enjoyed a spin around Kempton's all-weather track on Tuesday.

The former was a 50-1 chance when he finished second behind Gold Cup favourite Might Bite at Kempton and is once again likely to be long odds when the pair renew rivalry in the big race at the Cheltenham Festival.

"Double Shuffle can't have been a fluke at Christmas. He was always up in the wagon and he was never out the back picking up the pieces," said George.

"Maybe everyone else ran two stone below form (in the King George), but I doubt it and the handicapper has thought the same, that is why they have put him up to 165.

"He was switched off in his work today. Double Shuffle has not run since Boxing Day so it was a day out more than for fitness."

Three-time Grade One winner God's Own will run in the Queen Mother Champion Chase for a third time, having finished a respective fourth and fifth in the last two renewals.

"God's Own is a very stuffy horse and he needs plenty of work to bring him on a bit," said the Slad handler.

"Normally every year he goes for a day out in Lambourn before his spring campaign but we have come here today.

"I was delighted with it. It was just a day out to put an edge on them. It was just a nice away day for them to bring them on.

"God's Own is in the Queen Mother and he is in great form."

Stablemate Rocklander was also put his through his paces and is set to run in the Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase.

George said: "He is a nice horse. We've kept him fresh for this.

"Last year we ran him in the Pertemps but he had probably had enough by then as he had a lot of races. This year we've kept him quiet."

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