Multiple Grade One-winning chaser God’s Own has been given a mid-season break before being readied for a return to action in the spring.
The eight-year-old finished a respectable third on his most recent start in the Tingle Creek at Sandown, on ground softer than ideal.
George said: “He is having a month off after his run in the Tingle Creek.
“I would say we will start riding him again in the second week in January, to build him back up for the spring festivals.
“There is going to be very few options to run him before Cheltenham. Last season he ran in a graduation chase (at Kempton) which he can’t do this year.
“There is the Grade One at Ascot at the beginning of February, but that is usually run on soft ground.
“I know him well enough to get him ready and go straight there (Cheltenham). I’m totally happy whichever way we go with him.
“He has had a better first half of the season than he ever has before and I think he is improving still.”