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Overturn sparkles in Doncaster procession

ESPN staff
January 9, 2013
Overturn was a sight to behold at his fences at Doncaster © PA Photos

Overturn confirmed his well-being ahead of a likely trip to the Cheltenham Festival with a facile success in the 1stsecuritysolutions.co.uk Novices' Chase.

Donald McCain's charge is already prominent in the betting for the Arkle Trophy and he made it two from two over the larger obstacles when making all the running at Doncaster.

Overturn was only faced with three rivals, all of which were vastly inferior on ratings, and he won like a long odds-on shot should.

Conquisto attempted to keep tabs on the favourite and matched strides for much of the race, but Jason Maguire set his mount alight over the sixth from home and he simply powered away.

Overturn measured all four fences up the home straight with aplomb and he skipped away up the Town Moor straight to score by a wide margin.

At times Overturn was exhilarating over his obstacles, but he also showed the ability to fiddle his way out of trouble and it was a polished display.

"He's had a scoot round and he's quickened it turning in; that's Overturn," McCain said. "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.

"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 away. It's another step down the road and it's out of the way.

"The first day of Cheltenham the ground is usually the soft side of good and he can cope with that but he will be a sight to be seen when he's tapping the planks from the moment he jumps off. That's just him, until you jump off and go as quick as you can from the moment you jump off you won't see the best of him.

"I respect Simonsig massively but we don't need to be scared of anyone. We'll come back here (for the Lightning) as it's back to two miles and you know you'll get just about the best ground in the country. That will give us plenty of time to Cheltenham."

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