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Overturn: Another Saturday success
Overturn won for a second Saturday in a row when landing the StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.
Donald McCain's charge had benefited from a final flight fall when winning at Ascot a week ago but needed no such luck to confine Binocular to second place in the two mile Grade One contest.
Adopting his usual front-running role under Jason Maguire, who had flown in to the track having earlier ridden Peddlers Cross at Bangor, Binocular emerged as the only threat to the smart-dual purpose performer.
Tony McCoy had the leader in his sights and closed the gap approaching the second last but the former Champion Hurdler, who had been restrained under a tight hold early on, couldn't close the gap and was soon going up and down on the spot.
Overturn was kept up to his work by Maguire to score by four and a half lengths to become the first horse to win both Newcastle's Northumberland Plate and Fighting Fifth.
Maguire said: "It's brilliant, I just want to say a big thanks to Mr (Tim) Leslie (owner) for giving me the opportunity to ride both his good horses today.
"It's worked out brilliantly, and you won't get a tougher horse. The ground was a bit on the slow side for him, but he toughed it out. He's due a break now."
Connections of Binocular were not too disheartened after seeing their charge beaten as favourite in this race for the third successive year.
Owner JP McManus' racing manager Frank Berry said: "He ran well. The other horse has had a run and was coming here fit.
"We were beaten by a better horse on the day but our lad jumped well and came there with every chance.
"We should come on a lot for the run and Kempton (Christmas Hurdle) is the plan."
McCoy said of Binocular: "He jumped well and travelled well, he was just a bit disappointing.
"He travelled and jumped, and I thought I had a squeak but getting close to the third-last, I thought was hanging on to not a lot really.
"I was wary of Jason's horse and in the end he outbattled me and outstayed me. He's become a little bit disappointing to be honest, but we'll see what happens."
Sky Bet pushed Binocular out to 14-1 for the Champion Hurdle while making the winner a 20-1 chance with Boylesports shorter about the latter at 16s.