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  • Three From Three For Overturn

Scottish Arkle Novices' Chase 2m

  • (5yo+, 2m, Class 3, 4 runners)
  • Winner £6,498 2nd £1,908 3rd £954 4th £477
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 59.40s
  • Off time: 13:00:22
  • Last Updated: February 3 2013, 17:43 GMT

Overturn (1/5 fav) made if three out of three over fences in the Scottish Arkle Novices' Chase at Musselburgh.

Overturn: Made it three out of three over fences
Overturn: Made it three out of three over fences

Last season's Champion Hurdle second continued his progression over the larger obstacles with a smooth success in the two mile contest.

A seemingly straightforward task became even easier when Asaid, one of just three rivals, planted himself at the start but Donald McCain's nine year old was a class apart from his rivals.

Tetlami, ninth in last year's Supreme, had been expected to give him something to think about having scored on his chasing bow but Nicky Henderson's runner was never able to live with Overturn.

Tetlami trailed home a distant second of the two finishers with Next Sensation falling at the second last.

McCain said: "We had a hunt round Sandown and then two-miles-three round Doncaster, and we have had to be fairly sensible in waiting for today. That's what he's been waiting for.

Donald McCain "He will go straight to the Arkle. We've been second in a Champion Hurdle and we jump fences like that. I have respect for Simonsig, you have to, but we don't have to be scared of him"
Donald McCain

"He was smashing and Jason said he was magic today. He's been waiting for the day when Jason jumps out of the gate with him. We always looked for a reason not to send him chasing, if he'd made one mistake at home we wouldn't have done it. He enjoys it, that's the main thing - from the first day he's schooled he's done what he did here.

"He will go straight to the Arkle, I wouldn't put myself through that again! He's won on three different types of track now and that will stand us in good stead for a month's time.

"We've been second in a Champion Hurdle and we jump fences like that. I have respect for Simonsig, you have to, but we don't have to be scared of him. He may well beat us, but he'll know he's had a race, that's for sure.

"I'd like to say a big thanks to Musselburgh for adding on this two-mile novice chase and the whole day has been grand. It's a wonderful little course and it deserved the support it got today."

Overturn is now a 7/2 chance from 4s with Sky Bet for the Arkle Trophy at next month's Cheltenham Festival.


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