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Donald McCain’s Overturn fancied for Doncaster win
Overturn is the star attraction at Doncaster this afternoon.
Donald McCain’s hugely popular performer, whose career earnings stand at more than £600,000, has been a wonderfully talented horse on the Flat, winning the Northumberland Plate and the Chester Cup, and also over hurdles, winning in Grade 1 company, and finishing second to Rock On Ruby in last season’s Champion Hurdle.
Overturn is now pitching his skills over fences and ran out a hugely impressive winner on his chasing bow at Sandown in November, where he won by 14 lengths after producing a spectacular round of jumping.
A thoroughly enthusiastic horse, who never knows how to run a bad race, Overturn tackles the Istsecuritysolutions.co.uk Novices’ Chase. He has four rivals in what promises to be best race on the card and, granted a clear round, he will be very hard to beat. Jason Maguire takes the mount.
Handazan can get punters off to a good start in the opening Yorkshire Radio Supporting Yorkshire Racing Juvenile Hurdle.
The Alan King-trained gelding got off the mark at Aintree at his second attempt before finishing a well-beaten second in a hot race at Cheltenham last month. This looks an easier assignment.
King can also win the Happy 50th Birthday Angie Wilks National Hunt Flat Race with Lotus Pond, who ran with credit on his debut at the end of November.
Eleven Fifty Nine looks the best proposition in the yesselectrical.co.uk Mares’ Maiden Hurdle.
A high-class bumper performer last season when she won in Listed company at Aintree, Anthony Honeyball’s seven-year-old has yet to get off the mark in two outings over hurdles, but she contested a useful Listed event at Newbury last time and was far from disgraced.
Jeremy Scott and Nick Scholfield are enjoying a season to remember and the trainer-jockey combination can strike again in the Nuffield Health & Fitness Doncaster Handicap Hurdle with Master Benjamin.
The six-year-old looks to be returning to form and is overdue a winning turn.
At Wolverhampton tomorrow, the North Yorkshire duo of trainer Ruth Carr and apprentice jockey Gemma Tutty can clinch the opening sprint handicap with Hab Reeh.
The speedy gelding made all the running to win over this course and distance last Sunday. That victory was achieved in an apprentices’ race, so Hab Reeh escapes a penalty tomorrow. He will be a tough nut to crack.
Richard Fahey’s horses are running well and the Malton trainer has a fighting chance of bagging a treble at Wolverhampton.
Stanley Rigby (2.35) ran well enough on his latest start to be of interest in the staying handicap, while Going Grey (3.05) will appreciate the step up in trip. Nap selection Availed Speaker (3.35) shaped with promise to finish fourth on his recent reappearance on this course.
John Quinn’s Nant Saeson (4.05) and well-bred newcomer Poet’s Prospect (4.35) from the Marco Botti yard are others to note.
12.40 Handazan, 1.10 Eleven Fifty Nine, 1.40 Soudain, 2.15 Overturn, 2.50 Master Benjamin, 3.25 Another Trump, 3.55 Lotus Pond.
Today’s other meetings: Kempton, Lingfield and Ludlow.
1.35 Hab Reeh, 2.05 Ivestar, 2.35 Stanley Rigby, 3.05 Going Grey, 3.35 Availed Speaker (NAP), 4.05 Nant Saeson, 4.35 Poet’s Prospect.
Tomorrow’s other meetings: Catterick, Kempton and Lingfield.