Yard favourite God’s Own will tread a familiar path when he goes for his third win in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter on Tuesday.
It’s five years since he beat Balder Success and Cue Card to win his first and there were some emotional scenes last year when he picked up the trophy again.
Basil, as he’s known in the yard, might be getting on a bit but he seems in great form.
He’s been a grand horse for his owners The Crossed Fingers Partnership and he showed he can still mix it with the best when ending last season by finishing third behind Altior, only beaten five lengths, in the grade 1 Celebration Chase at Sandown.
As usual, Paddy Brennan rides God’s Own, so we’re hopeful of a big run in a race we’ve been lucky enough to win three times in the last five years. Sir Valentino in 2016 was our other Haldon Gold Cup winner.
Boyhood joins him at Exeter in the novices’ chase having made his seasonal comeback at Cheltenham. Forgot To Ask is our other runner. He goes in the handicap chase, which is a qualifier for the valuable Challenger Staying Chase Series.