Saturday 17 February 2018

Overturn will sparkle in Arkle, insists McCain


Donald McCain has no fears about taking on Arkle hot favourite Simonsig with his exciting chasing recruit Overturn following another facile success at Doncaster.

Last year's Champion Hurdle runner-up made a spectacular chasing debut at Sandown earlier in the season and won this contest by a comfortable 25 lengths.

While Overturn's jumping was not as exuberant as it had been first time out, Jason Maguire's mount still threw in some spectacular leaps along the way and McCain seems confident about tackling the Henderson hotpot at Cheltenham.

"He jumped straight, which was good to see as he had a tendency to go to his right over hurdles, but there wasn't a glimpse of it. It was very pleasing," McCain said.

"The spectacular jumps are great, but they're for the wall, you want them to fiddle away; that's the thing that pleased Jason, as even when he was wrong, he fiddled. I respect Simonsig massively, but we don't need to be scared of anyone."

He said he will have another run at Doncaster later this month before heading to Cheltenham.

Meanwhile, the Dubai World Cup carnival, which climaxes on March 30, starts in Meydan today, with Lily's Angel, unbeaten in three starts for Ger Lyons, a big hope for Gary Carroll in the opener (3.05).

Carroll teams up with Eddie Lynam's Balmont Mast in the five-furlong handicap that also features Mick Halford's Invincible Ash, while Pat Cosgrave takes the reins on Muck 'N' Brass for Lynam later on. In the day's headline Group Two over a mile at 5.25, Tadhg O'Shea will ride Leopardstown maiden winner Colliding Worlds for Pat Shanahan.

Irish Independent

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