Donal McCain Blog – Weekend Runners

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Donald McCain with his string

I wasn’t talking to you last week as I had no runners last weekend but it was fantastic to see the horses running so well. All credit to the team at Bankhouse where we had five straight winners. We continue to have a great bunch of owners, so hopefully, those winners are a sign of things to come.

I was represented at the Goffs Land Rover Sale during the week where I picked up two nice horses. One of the is a brother to The Some Dance Kid, who has won four for me and I don’t think we have seen the best of yet. I also picked up a three-year-old by the first season sire Masked Marvel with a French pedigree. I don’t mind taking a chance on a first season sire, especially one that won a St Leger. I have been busy at the sales in the past few months and if you are interested in getting involved in the yard, don’t hesitate to contact me.

I’ve got four runners this with weekend with all of them have some sort of a chance and you can read my thoughts on their chances below:

Saturday

Promise Of Peace
Track: York – 1:50
Jockey: Abbie McCain

He’s had his wind done recently and obviously he’s been disappointing over hurdles. It looks to be a warm race but with his current rating I wanted to give him a run on the flat and see can we get back going in the right direction. He travels and works well, so a nice run wouldn’t surprise me.

Black Key
Black Key
Track: Hexham – 3:55
Jockey: Theo Gillard

He’s been badly handicapped since he came over here from Ireland and he’s just starting to come down to a workable mark. Iv’e put a pair of blinkers on him to try and sharpen him up.

Wazowski
Track: Hexham – 5:40
Jockey: Abbie McCain

He’s been running well all year and there was no shame in getting beaten by that mare the other day, who’s always looked to have a fair amount of ability. He’s just a model of consistency.

Birch Vale
Track: Hexham – 5:40
Jockey: Abbie McCain

I think she must have a chance, having run ok at Aintree the last when she probably just didn’t get home. She’s a funny mare, in summer she wants two and a half miles but in winter you’ll get away with two miles. The ground looks like it’ll be slow enough that we might get away with it. She’s a course and distance mare and will take beating.

Best Chance: Birch Vale

Donal McCain Blog – Weekend Runners
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