Ambitious Plans For Northumberland Plate Winner
An ambitious summer programme is on the cards for the Donald McCain trained Overturn, who made all of the running to win last month’s Northumberland Plate at Newcastle.
The gelding, who recorded a successful hurdling campaign that included a victory in the Scottish Champion Hurdle, will be seen next in the Arthur Guinness Galway Hurdle next week.
Currently 7/1 favourite for the 2m contest, Overturn has pleased his handler since Newcastle, telling At The Races viewers: " He’s in great nick and seems to be thriving on his racing at the moment.
" The only thing that would have stopped us going to Galway was that it’s very difficult for an English horse to win an Irish handicap.
" I’ts a massive prize to be competing for and we go there with a chance."
Providing the horse returns from Ireland in good order connections are keen to have another crack at a major flat handicap, and the totesport Ebor on August 18th is being seriously considered.
McCain is looking no further than Galway at this stage but stated : " He’s in the Ebor, but that’s another month down the line but we’ll take it one step at a time.
" He’s a smashing horse, he’s in great form at the moment and when he tells me he needs a break, we will give him one."
The last horse to complete the Northumberland Plate – Ebor double was Sergeant Cecil in 2005, but adding the Galway Hurdle would result in a most unlikely treble.
Overturn is as short as 5/1 with Ladbrokes for the Irish race on July 29th, but 7/1 with several firms including the Ebor sponsor totesport.