Donald McCain Blog – Weekend Runners

Donald McCain

The season is really starting to kick off this weekend where I’m sending out some familiar faces with the likes of Testify and Fine And Game, along with new recruits like Pichelot and Chuvelo. I also had a busy week at the sales in Newmarket buying four new horses for the yard, principally Blakeney Point who I bought for 50,000 Guineas from Roger Charlton’s. He’s a classy individual who I’m looking forward to training.

All of my thoughts on the weekend runners can be read below:

Saturday

Amelia’s Dance
Track: Ayr – 12:35
Jockey: Brian Hughes

I don’t know if she’ll want the ground quite as soft as it currently is but she’s a Flemensfirth that’s done everything grand at home and it’s first run over hurdles so we’ll see where we are with her.

Testify

Testify
Track: Ayr – 1:40
Jockey: Brian Hughes

Honestly, he’s become pretty disappointing but its the first time in ages he’ll be running in a small field which might just suit him. It’s his first run over the year obviously so he’ll improve for the run but it’s the lowest grade he’s run in for a while and I hope he can just finish off his race well.

Fin And Game
Track: Ayr – 3:25
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He’s not been away but his work at home is good and he looks great. The track and trip should be fine for him and he’d have a chance in what doesn’t look the strongest contest ever run.

Sunday

Pichelot
Track: Carlisle – 12:45
Jockey: Daryl Jacob

He’s been a useful chaser in France but has been off the track for a long time. I’m hoping the ground isn’t too soft for him but it’s a good starting point with some high profile horses so I’m looking forward to seeing how he fares on his yard debut.

Super Mac
Track: Carlisle – 12:45
Jockey: Will Kennedy

He’s a nice horse that’s pretty lightly-raced for his age. It looks like a pretty competitive race and I think his future may lie in handicaps down the line.

Knockrobin
Track: Carlisle – 1:20
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He started to have issues with his wind so we’ve got it done since his last race. He ran well in this contest twelve months ago although this year’s renewals looks slightly hotter. That being said he should improve for his recent operation and it would be nice to see him come back to form.

Princess Mononoke
Track: Carlisle – 1:55
Jockey: Abbie McCain

The ground is probably slightly too good for her but we want to get her started. She’s more than likely going to a mare for some 0-100 races.

Nefyn Point
Track: Carlisle – 1:55
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He had run well in his bumper but was then quite disappointing in his hurdle races last season where his jumping was average. We have done plenty of schooling with him at home and he seems to have improved in that department, so hopefully, he should show more.

Knock House
Track: Carlisle – 3:05
Jockey: Brian Hughes

The trip and track should suit him but looking at it, he’s probably high enough in the handicap at present but he’s in good nick and ready to run.

Chuvelo

Chuvelo
Track: Carlisle – 4:15
Jockey: Brian Hughes

Obviously, he’s got useful bumper form to his name in Ireland and we paid plenty for him at the sales. He’s been working nicely at home without doing anything too flash but is a nice horse that I’m looking forward to getting started.

Best Chance: Fin And Game

Donald McCain Blog – Weekend Runners
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