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Overturn bid hinges on ground

Donald McCain is keeping an eye on the ground at Punchestown ahead of Overturn's planned run at next week's Festival meeting.

The eight-year-old is primed to tackle the Grade One Rabobank Champion Hurdle on Friday week after his excellent second in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Winner of the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle earlier in the season, Overturn needs ground on the quicker side, so the trainer is on weather watch at present.

He said: "We are looking at the Rabobank Champion Hurdle with Overturn. He has been fine since Cheltenham and is working away nicely. We purposely skipped Aintree to go to Punchestown and providing the ground is OK he will run."

The track is currently described as good to soft, but officials are reportedly expecting a further 10 millimetres of rain in the coming days.

Possible rivals for Overturn would include last year's winner Hurricane Fly, Aintree Hurdle second Thousand Stars and Dermot Weld's Unaccompanied.

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