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Overturn

Donald McCain is unsure whether to let Overturn make his second appearance over fences at Bangor on Friday.

One of the most popular horses in training, last season's Champion Hurdle runner-up jumped fantastically on his way to make a winning debut over the larger obstacles at Sandown last month.

The Deepbridge Capital Novices' Chase is a potential next port of call for the leading Arkle Trophy hope, but ground conditions are a concern for his trainer.

After walking the course at Bangor, McCain told At The Races: "The place is in great nick as always. The ground is a bit slower than ideal, we've still got a couple of days, and there is still a touch of frost in the ground. It leaves it very open. There is rain coming in on Friday. I would like it quicker, at the moment.

"He's a very smart horse, he always has been and he enjoys jumping fences, which is the main thing. At the moment the world's his oyster and we'll be aiming at the Arkle. He's got Cheltenham form and he's as good a two-mile novice chaser as you'll see at the moment."

McCain also had news of Peddlers Cross, who was runner-up in the 2011 Champion Hurdle to Hurricane Fly. He disappointed in the second half of last season over fences and is set to revert to hurdles this term, possibly starting off in the Cheltenham & Three Counties Race Club Hurdle Race on New Year's Day.

"He galloped this morning, we're very happy with at the moment, but we're not ready yet," said the trainer.

"We will be looking towards going for the race at Cheltenham on New Year's Day, but it's a possibility he still won't be quite ready by then, we're just going to let him tell us when he is.

"We didn't get him back in too early and he did very well over the summer. It's just taken longer than we hoped (to get him ready), but there's no harm in that."

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