Overturn is the star turn on a top-class card from Musselburgh on Sunday
Last Updated: February 2, 2013 4:18pm
Overturn: Runs at Musselburgh on Sunday
Leading Arkle hope Overturn faces three opponents as he completes his racecourse preparations for next month's Cheltenham Festival in the Scottish Arkle Novices' Chase at Musselburgh on Sunday.
Trainer Donald McCain played a big part in persuading the racecourse to put on an extra two-mile novice chase and the track has been rewarded with last season's Champion Hurdle runner-up Overturn facing a fascinating duel with the Nicky Henderson-trained Tetlami.
Overturn could not have been more impressive in his two starts over fences at Sandown and Doncaster this season and is the general second favourite for the Arkle at Cheltenham behind Henderson's hugely-talented grey Simonsig.
"It's a grand little race, it's great they are putting it on and it will be nice to get it out of the way," said McCain.
"The ground will be as good as you will find anywhere at the moment and the horse is in good nick, so we'll see what happens. All going well, this will be his last run before Cheltenham."
Although an outsider for the Arkle at this stage, Tetlami is certainly an interesting challenger to Overturn this weekend.
A high-class novice hurdler last season, the seven-year-old won decisively on his fencing bow at Kempton last month and jockey Barry Geraghty feels there should be more to come.
"Obviously he's taking on Overturn, but I'm looking forward to riding him as I think he'll have improved a good bit for his run in Kempton the last day," said Geraghty.
"He's a good horse and was a classy old hurdler. We'll see how he goes on Sunday and take it from there."
The Scottish Arkle is the opening contest on a blockbuster eight-race card at the Edinburgh venue.