Donald McCain Saturday Runners

After a couple of quiet Saturday’s its great to have runners at Market Rasen and Cartmel where the courses have put on some really good money.

The highlight of the week so far has certainly been Noah And The Ark winning at Ffos Las on Thursday. It was my only runner at the course and its great for the team to come back with a winner after travelling so far. That was only my 2nd runner at the course in the last 5 seasons and that one won as well so its proving quite the luck track for me.

I had a successful trip to the Ascot sales on Tuesday with Knockrobin returning to the yard and also picking up Watch And Learn, a 3 year old who was with Andrew Balding. The plan is for him to be dual purpose so we’ll probably run him on the flat in the next couple of weeks before looking to go hurdling.

Looking ahead to my runners on Saturday I think we’ve got some real chances at both Market Rasen and Cartmel

Horse: Nayati

Track: Market Rasen – 2:10

Jockey: Brian Hughes

It doesn’t always work out when buying horses but its so far so good with Nayati who was previously with Alan King.

He’s won twice this season and though he didn’t win the last time at Cartmel he had a number of these that he is facing in this behind him and the race was very strong.

This race is worth some good money and I’d like to think we can take home a slice of it at least.

NAYATI and Brian Hughes wins at Aintree 14/6/19 Photograph by Grossick Racing Photography 0771 046 1723

Horse: Morraman

Track: Market Rasen – 3:55

Jockey: Brian Hughes

He’s another of mine that has been running really well with a pair of 2nds and a win in his last 3 runs.

This represents a step up in grade for him and will help us understand just how good he is.

Horse: Witness In Court

Track: Market Rasen – 5:05

Jockey: Brian Hughes

He’s got a fair bit of weight to be carrying which obviously isn’t ideal but on recent form its worth taking our chances.

We were going to wait to run him at Bangor but when I saw this race I just had to go for it. I don’t think the race has attracted anything to be too worried about so we’re hopeful.

Horse: Beach Break

Track: Cartmel – 2:30

Jockey: Lucy Alexander

A mistake 2 out cost him last time where he was running a really nice race.

He wouldn’t want much rain so that is certainly a worry. Lucy Alexander is booked to ride and has won this race for me before so whilst its sad that my daughter Abbie can’t ride at the minute as she recovers from an ankle injury its great to have Lucy riding.

Horse: Constancio

Track: Cartmel – 3:05

Jockey: William Kennedy

The race he was in last time at Cartmel I think is one of the best the track has seen in recent seasons.

We’re stepping him up in trip so I couldn’t be overly confident but if he gets the trip he’ll run a good race I’m sure.

Horse: Our Kylie – NON RUNNER

Track: Cartmel – 5:25

Jockey: Jack Dinneen

I’ve got 2 in this and I’d say Two Blondes holds the stronger chance. Our Kylie was running fine on her last run until unfortunately unseating Abbie.

She’s got top weight to carry but Jack Dinneen takes off 7 and its great to give Jack who works in the yard a ride.

Horse: Birch Vale

Track: Cartmel – 5:25

Jockey: Lorcan Murtagh

BIRCH VALE Ridden by Brian Hughes (far right) wins at Hexahm 15/6/19 Photograph by Grossick Racing Photography 0771 046 1723

I’d say Birch Vale holds the best chance out of all my runners this weekend.

Unlike Beach Break any rain that comes won’t hurt. She has been running a bit in and out so hopefully she’s on song this time and looks to be on a workable mark.

Best Chance: Beach Break

Donald McCain Saturday Runners
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