Overturn on target for Arkle with easy win

Sun 3rd Feb 2013, 13:49
Overturn remains unbeaten over fences
Overturn remains unbeaten over fences
Overturn made if three out of three over fences in the Scottish Arkle Novices' Chase at Musselburgh this afternoon.

Last season's Champion Hurdle second continued his progression over the larger obstacles with a smooth success at odds of 1/5 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.

"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."

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

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