Un De Sceaux has never relinquished his grip on Champion Chase favouritism since the market was formed but the value may lie with the likeable God’s Own.
Tom George’s charge chased home the favourite in last year’s Arkle Chase and he remains the only horse to really give Un De Sceaux a scare.
Willie Mullins’ superstar has won every race he has managed to complete but with two falls raising slight doubts about his jumping ability, he may not be an overly attractive proposition at odds-on.
He would like a softer surface which is the polar opposite to God’s Own, who requires better ground and often comes to life in the spring.
The eight-year-old has a fantastic record in the months from February to May, with form figures of 132122F2, suggesting he could be one to keep onside at a huge each-way price.
Tom George has been in great form and his partnership with Paddy Brennan has been extremely successful, with the pair a fantastic fit.
Last year’s runner-up effort to Un De Sceaux come off the back of a lengthier than ideal break and after serving it up to the favourite at the second last, he slightly faded after the final flight, but still managed to fit within six lengths.
He’s had a smoother preparation this year, with a third behind Vibrato Valtat in November followed with a huge effort behind Josses Hill last month.
Giving the talented horse seven-pound, God’s Own travelled beautifully on softer than ideal ground before failing to maintain the gallop over the 2m 4f trip.
A drop back is sure to suit and given Un De Sceaux will go a real clip from the front, his experience over further could come in handy. He has Cheltenham form, arrives fresh and should go very close at a current 25/1.
Speaking to Betfred TV earlier in the year, Brennan said: “I’d love to get a run into him, somewhere like Kempton in February but he won’t be running anything worse than good-to-soft.
“He’s really ground dependant. He’s like riding two different horses, one on good is a Grade One winner and on soft he’s not able to live with it.”
The fact he has made his appearance at Kempton is a major positive and he should be able to go close with the drying ground sure to suit.
Odds subject to change.