McCain leading the way with Overturn

  • Last Updated: February 4 2013, 12:21 GMT

Donald McCain remains confident Overturn is going to take plenty of pegging back in next month's Racing Post Arkle Trophy following his brilliant display at Musselburgh on Sunday.

Donald McCain: Sweet on Overturn's Arkle claims
Donald McCain: Sweet on Overturn's Arkle claims

The incredible dual-purpose performer extended his unbeaten record over fences to three with a typically assured round of jumping from the front under Jason Maguire, easily seeing off Nicky Henderson's Tetlami by 29 lengths.

The nine-year-old now appears the biggest danger to Henderson's red-hot Arkle favourite Simonsig and although there have been suggestions Overturn may not get such an easy lead at Cheltenham in a little over five weeks, McCain is not concerned.

The trainer said: "He's grand this morning and we were delighted with how he did it yesterday. It's out of the way, which is a relief, so we can sit tight and concentrate on where we're going with him now.

"I find it a bit odd that people are saying he might not get his own way out in front (in the Arkle). He's done it in Northumberland Plates, Chester Cups and for a long way in a Champion Hurdle last year, so we'll see.

"He might not be good enough, we'll find out, but we know what Overturn is going to produce and we're quite happy with where we are."


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