Il De Re (right) comes home in front on his stablemate OverturnPICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
Ile De Re leads home McCain one-two in Cup
Report: Chester, Wednesday
StanJames.com Chester Cup (Heritage Handicap) 4yo+, 2m2½f
DONALD McCAIN saddled the first two home in the Chester Cup as Ile De Re got the better of last year's winner Overturn in the straight.
Setting off under a flag start - the stalls were removed due to the softness of the ground - Eddie Ahern on 7-1 shot Overturn quickly established a lead up front and appeared to be grinding out a carbon copy of last year's all-the-way victory.
And were it not for his redoubtable stablemate Overturn would indeed have notched back-to-back wins in the race, as turning for home he had beaten off the challenge of every other runner.
But 10-1 chance Ile De Re, who was having his first run for McCain since joining from Ian Williams, had travelled kindly under Jim Crowley and came into the straight so full of running even the notoriously tough Overturn could not resist his challenge.
McCain said: "Ian Williams deserves huge credit because the winner came to me looking a million dollars and I knew he'd love the ground and there'd be plenty pace.
"Ian's a good mate and it's never easy when these things happen but he made it very smooth."
Ile De Re may go for the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle, in which Overturn finished sixth last year. Overturn, however, looks set to head south for his next engagement.
"Idon't know how to feel about Overturn," said McCain. "He's so tough and hardy and very hard to pass.
"He's in the Ascot Gold Cup and he'll also be in the Queen Alexandra with no penalties. We've still got fences to consider as well so we'll play it by ear but if the weather and ground are right I expect that he'll run at Ascot."
Mark Johnston saddled the third and fourth as his Gulf Of Naples lead home Eternal Heart, but five lengths seperated second and third, revealing both the toughness of McCain's runners and the difficult turf conditions prevailing at Chester.