Overturn: general 7-1 second favourite for the Racing Post ArklePICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Racing Post Arkle hope Overturn back in action
OVERTURN, a general 7-1 second favourite for the Racing Post Arkle in March, bids for a second success over fences as he faces three rivals at Doncaster this afternoon.
The Champion Hurdle runner-up has been denied the chance to build on a breathtaking debut over fences at Sandown in November due to the recent wet weather but with Doncaster providing good to soft ground, Donald McCain has decided to take the wraps off one of the most popular horses in training.
"I was going to wait for Kempton on Saturday but you can't ignore the ground as it is at Doncaster," said McCain. "Overturn's grand and has been ready to run for a while."
Providing he justifies 1-4 favouritism this afternoon, McCain plans on giving Tim Leslie's nine-year-old one more run before he takes on the likes of Simonsig at the Cheltenham Festival.
Another festival winner, Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle victor Attaglance, the hat-trick seeking Conquisto and chase debutant What Er Say complete the line-up for the 2m3f novices' chase.
Winning juveniles Tidal Way and In The Crowd take on their elders in a cracking 2m handicap hurdle at Ludlow on Wednesday, while Ireland's champion trainer Willie Mullins saddles four runners on Fairyhouse's card.
Two all-weather meetings, at Kempton and Lingfield, complete a busy day's action.
Doncaster Good to soft
Ludlow Good to soft