Donald McCain Blog – Boxing Day Runners

Donald McCain
Donald McCain

Firstly I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, it’s been an up and down year for the Bankhouse team but thankfully things gave been going very well of late which is down to the hard work of the team at home and the support of good owners.

We have a team of 11 horses running at three tracks on Boxing day with the majority of my runners gong to Sedgefield and that’s where I’ll be too. I hope to have a winner or two on the day and you can read all my thoughts below:


Mr McGo (Left)

Mr McGo
Track: Kempton – 1:20
Jockey: Lorcan Murtagh

He could run ok but this represents a big step up in grade. The owners were keen to have a runner here so hopefully, he goes well.


Quids In
Track: Sedgefield – 11:50
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He’s been a bit disappointing but we’ve put the blinker on him and he’s running in the lowest grade of his career thus far which shoe hopefully give him a chance.

O’Hanrahan Bridge
Track: Sedgefield – 12:25
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He ran well on his first run for a long time the last day and if he doesn’t suffer from the bounce factor then he should hopefully run well.

Fingal d’Arthel
Track: Sedgefield – 1:30
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He’s a grand horse that’s won a bumper in France even though it doesn’t show it. He goes nicely at home but is a little immature. This is an obvious starting point for him and we are ready to kick on with him.

Henry’s Joy

Henry’s Joy
Track: Sedgefield – 2:05
Jockey: Brian Hughes

The track and trip will suit him well and although it’s a competitive looking race on paper it’s the right sort of race for him and he should go close.

Track: Sedgefield – 2:40
Jockey: Phillip Armson

He’s been a bit in and out so I have given him a little time to freshen him up. He ran on ground that was a bit too quick for him a couple of times and he might not quite be letting himself down as he should be but he’s got the ability to run well.

Quik Shift
Track: Sedgefield – 3:15
Jockey: Jack Dinneen

She got well back early on at Wetherby and came home quite nicely through beaten horses. I’m not sure how much ability she’s got and this race should be quite informative.

Market Rasen

The Herbs Garden
Track: Market Rasen – 12:05
Jockey: Abbie McCain

It’s a selling handicap where he is in for £6,000. He’s been a good servant to us through the years and in a race of this grade he must go close.

Quart De Garde
Track: Market Rasen – 12:35
Jockey: Will Kennedy

He’s pretty busy type at home and forward going but had a pretty useful level of form in France so hopefully, he can use this race a stepping stone for the rest of the season.

Track: Market Rasen – 1:40
Jockey: Will Kennedy

He wants slightly better ground and is on a horrible mark at the moment which leaves him in no man’s land. We just want to get him started but if it dried out he could run ok.

Track: Market Rasen – 3:25
Jockey: Will Kennedy

He’s fairly lightly-raced over hurdles and has already won a race. He ran ok the last day following a break and although he should run better, I think there will be other days with him.

Best Chance: Quids In

Donald McCain Blog – Boxing Day Runners
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