Overturn Ready for Cheltenham Festival
Donald McCain is confident that his star galloper Overturn is good enough to beat odds-on favourite Simonsig in the Arkle Chase that will be run as part of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival.
Overturn is undefeated this campaign scoring victories at Sandown, Doncaster and Musselburgh by an amazing total of sixty-nine lengths.
McCain said the son of Barathea simply loves racing is chomping at the bit for another chance at the famous festival.
“He loves his job, he just can’t get enough of it,” McCain said.
“When he ran in the Champion Hurdle last year, it’s probably the only time that I’ve seen him absolutely shattered and we brought him out the next day and he wanted to go again.
“He’s been on the go since he was a yearling and you expect him to cry enough at some point but he thrives on his job and on racing.”
Overturn faces a tough task against Simonsig, who has won nine out of eleven career starts, but McCain believes Overturn’s front running style of racing could upset the short priced favourite.
“We go there with the feeling that his style of racing will make it very difficult for the likes of Simonsig,” McCain said.
“We aren’t going to have to change anything, he has his way of doing it and if someone wants to go quicker, that’s fine, as he’ll settle in second.
“He goes there and jumps well and meets everything right, which he’s done so far, that makes him an even harder horse to get past.”
The nine-year-old is yet to taste success during the Cheltenham Festival, finishing seventh in the 2011 Champion Hurdle and runner-up to Rock on Ruby in last year’s edition, but McCain believes he deserves a victory on jumps racing’s biggest stage.
“If he doesn’t win another race, he’s a wonderful horse, but I’d love him to have his big day jumping,” the leading trainer said.
Overturn is currently on the second line of the Arkle Chase betting market, at Bet365, at odds of 11/4.
You can find the best Cheltenham Festival odds at Bet365.