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Donald McCain: Delighted with Overturn at Doncaster

Overturn is bang on course for the Arkle after his win at Doncaster in the week.

'That's the day when he can go out, heart on his sleeve, and show the real Overturn...'

Overturn confirmed himself on course for the Arkle with a wide-margin win in the week and Donald is looking forward to taking on Simonsig and co.

It's been a slightly frustrating spell with plenty of seconds but there was a definite positive at Doncaster in the week when Overturn passed his second test over fences with flying colours.

It's always heart in your mouth stuff with him given the way he goes about things but he has always schooled well and some of his leaps were spectacular in getting the better of a fair horse. He was clever when he had to be, too, which was encouraging and it's all systems go for Cheltenham. 

I said after last week's race that the likeliest next stop was another race back at Doncaster in a couple of weeks time but that is obviously dependent on him coming out of this race well and the ground being suitable.

He's very enthusiastic at home but he still takes a bit of getting ready and he will be a good deal sharper and fitter come Cheltenham in March. 

That's the day when he can go out, heart on his sleeve, and show the real Overturn and although the likes of Simonsig and Arvika Ligeonniere are clearly very good horses, I wouldn't want to swap - he's a Champion Hurdle runner-up after all.

It's been suggested that the prospect of a smallish field in the Arkle might help him but if I'm being honest, it won't make much difference if there are two or twenty-two runners - when he's on his game and he goes off like he can, they won't lead him!

There is a valuable card at Haydock next weekend and attentions are starting to focus on that - it's a track we have a lot of runners at and it's likely to see a couple of our bigger names return to action.

Peddlers Cross will have an entry and although I wish the ground wasn't as testing, it's getting to the point where we need to crack on with him now.

Our Mick had a fantastic season for us last year and although he is another who is ready to get up and running. Again, I would have been happier to get him out on better ground but we aren't going to be able to wait forever and there aren't all that many opportunities for a horse like him.

It will be good to get them both off and running though - a sure sign that we're getting into the meaty part of the season.

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11 January 2013

Donald McCain


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