Overturn to shine in Scotland
Anita Chambers is backing Overturn to live up to his billing in Sunday's Scottish Arkle Novices' Chase at Musselburgh.
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LINGFIELD: 1.40 Darkest Night, 2.10 Precision Strike, 2.40 Dolly Colman, 3.10 Dubai Applause, 3.40 My Scat Daddy, 4.10 Availed Speaker, 4.40 Crimson Monarch.
MUSSELBURGH: 1.00 Overturn, 1.30 AERIAL (NAP), 2.00 Tap Night, 2.30 Kashmir Peak, 3.00 Ciceron, 3.30 Home Run, 4.00 Gwanako, 4.30 Father Shine.
PUNCHESTOWN: 12.50 Upazo, 1.20 Ned Buntline, 1.50 Fahamore, 2.20 Sizing Europe, 2.50 Bostons Angel, 3.20 Alderwood, 3.50 Vesper Bell, 4.20 Shemshal.
DOUBLE: Aerial and Overturn.
Leading Arkle contender Overturn will be the star attraction on an afternoon of top-quality action at Musselburgh on Sunday.
The Scottish track must be applauded for the work they have put into their Cheltenham Trials card, with the Scottish Arkle Novices' Chase a late addition to attract Donald McCain's star.
The prospect of decent ground sees the former star hurdler line up following two effortless victories over fences.
He put in a fine round of jumping on his debut at Sandown before turning in another suitably spring-heeled performance at Doncaster last month.
Overturn has yet to face a truly worthy opponent on his road to the Arkle but while Tetlami could push him a little harder, it is hard to see McCain's charge being beaten.
Tap Night looks a similarly good thing in the Scottish Future Champions Novices' Chase.
He was good enough to beat Captain Conan over hurdles last term and made a fine start to his career over fences when winning on his debut at Ayr.
Two miles might have been a touch sharp for him that day and he did appear to hit a tiny flat spot at one point, but this extra half-mile should be right up his street.
Aerial is an interesting runner as Paul Nicholls has turned his attention back to hurdles despite him being a Grade Three winner over fences.
The seven-year-old is probably plenty high enough in the chase ratings but showed he has an alternative option when chasing home Coneygree in a Grade Two hurdle at Cheltenham before Christmas.
That was his first try over three miles and the combination of a fine winner and heavy ground put paid to his chances of victory.
However, he ran well enough in second and given that was his first run over hurdles in Britain, he enjoys a healthy pull in the weights in the Albert Bartlett Scottish Trial (Novices' Hurdle).
The better ground on offer here is a massive plus and it would be no surprise if Aerial could score a first success over timber.
Kashmir Peak can book his Cheltenham ticket with victory in the Musselburgh, John Smith's Scottish Triumph Hurdle Trial.
John Quinn's runner has impressed in his two starts over obstacles to date, most recently when claiming a Grade Two at Doncaster.
While he can deal with cut, Kashmir Peak could potentially be better still on a sound surface.
Home Run has pulled together an impressive sequence of wins and he can keep the ball rolling in the John Smith's Scottish County Hurdle.
He is seeking his sixth win here and has improved 35lb on official figures this term.
It obviously becomes a tougher task with every win, but Home Run was a cosy winner when last seen and can answer the question once again.
Dubai Applause can make it third-time lucky in the Marsh Green Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Lingfield.
Well beaten on her racecourse bow last November, she shaped with a little more promise when fourth on her most recent start and should prove capable of winning an event such as this.