Donald McCain Blog

Donald McCain
Donald McCain

It was great to have a three-timer at Musselburgh during the week and the horses seem to be in very good form. I hope we can keep the ball rolling this weekend with runners at Wetherby and Aintree on Saturday. We head to Kelso on Sunday with 3 runners.


Track: Aintree – 12:25
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He’s been a bit frustrating, we’ve gone from a hood over two miles to blinkers over two and a half miles. The ground would be plenty soft enough for him but he should have won this race last year, he whipped around at the start and got left, only to hit the front 50 yards before the line and get chinned. I’m not convinced he’ll be in love with this ground but time will tell.

Track: Aintree – 1:00
Jockey: Abbie McCain

We bought him form Colin Bowe in Ireland to have some fun with and after a good season he ended up on a mark of 137 which I think is going to make life tough for him. He had an injury after his last run and the ground will be lovely at Aintree, so we will just get him started.

Quids In
Track: Wetherby – 1:10
Jockey: Lorcan Murtagh

He gave me the impression that he wants three miles, his first couple of runs have been fine but suggest he needs a bit further, so tomorrow we will try it out. The race doesn’t look the strongest which will give him every chance of getting the trip.

Track: Aintree – 1:30
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He was fourth in the race last year and picked up a knock after running in Cheltenham. Prior to that, he’d been running well all season, he may not be quite up to winning this but Brian will get a good spin off him and that alone will give him a live chance. His work has been good and he likes the fences, so we are looking forward to running him.

Raise A Spark
Track: Wetherby – 2:50
Jockey: Will Kennedy

He’s probably not that well handicapped, but he’s won his three chases so he has to go handicapping. The ground and track should be fine but it’s his highest ever mark which may just catch him out.

Artichoke Heart
Track: Wetherby – 3:25
Jockey: Lorcan Murtagh

She is a tiny filly that myself and Richard Kent bred together, she has taken all her work well but I’d be surprised if she was good enough to win a juvenile bumper. We are looking forward to giving her a run and we will see where we are afterwards.


Track: Kelso – 12:00
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He’s been a little bit disappointing, it’s a lesser race than he has been running in but he wouldn’t want too much rain. I quite like him as an individual but he’s got to start showing it on the track.

Track: Kelso – 2:10
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He ran OK at Southwell and we think it is worth taking a chance a nice pot with the horse. He’s got a lovely racing weight and it’s worth a punt.

Whiteoak Fleur
Track: Kelso – 2:40
Jockey: Brian Hughes

She’s a big hardy girl that ran well in some bumpers last year, she was a little disappointing in a good bumper at Aintree at the start of the year but looked like she wanted further. She is fit, she’ll appreciate the trip, she has schooled well and she should run well.

Best Chance: Quids In

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