Donald McCain Blog – Weekend Runners

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We ran another exciting three-year-old hurdler during the week called Goobinator who won by thirteen lengths and looks like a nice type going forward. Looking ahead to this weekend we kick things off with another of our exciting juvenile hurdlers with Navajo Pass at Newcastle. Elsewhere on Saturday, I run six horses at Bangor with all having some sort of a chance. Then it’s off to Carlisle on Sunday where the horse in the bumper looks like a promising sort.

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

Saturday

Navajo Pass (Right)

Navajo Pass
Track: Newcastle – 11:45
Jockey: Brian Hughes

It’s a long way from home so I hope it passes the inspection in the morning but looking at the arce we had to run. You can’t have run more than once over hurdles, it’s three-year-olds only and he ground will suit. I think he’s come on from his hurdles debut and has a big chance.

Mr McGo
Track: Bangor – 1:20
Jockey: Will Kennedy

He ran well the last day and although is a week sooner than I ideally wanted to run him, the race is there and he should go well, given how he wasn’t stopping the last day.

Yes No Maybe So
Track: Bangor – 1:55
Jockey: Will Kennedy

We were a little disappointed that he got beat at Sedgefield but the winner has come out and won again since. I think the track will suit him and he’ll have learnt from the last day, so he’s another with a live chance.

Yes No Maybe So

Pichelot
Track: Bangor – 2:30
Jockey: Will Kennedy

Again he was disappointing at Carlisle but we’ve done a bit of homework since and he ran in a tongue-tie in France, so we are putting that back on him which will hopefully help. Obviously, he hadn’t run for a long time either so was a bit rusty and I expect to see an improved performance.

Devito’sredrobin
Track: Bangor – 3:05
Jockey: Jordan Nailor

She’ll probably come on for the run a touch but it doesn’t look like the strongest contest and with such a nice pedigree I’d love to add a winning bracket to her name.

Word Has It
Track: Bangor – 3:35
Jockey: Will Kennedy

Like most of mine he’ll come on for the run but he’s done plenty at home. He showed a decent level in point-to-points in Ireland and should hopefully cope with the ground.

Khamsin Moor
Track: Bangor – 3:35
Jockey: Lorcan Murtagh

He’s a homebred that’s out of a three-parts sister to Riverside Theatre. He goes nicely at home but is a bit immature and will come on from the run.

Sunday

Craig Star
Track: Carlisle – 12:20
Jockey: Joe Williamson

He took a heavy fell the last day here and I think this good servant to the yard might just need to get some confidence back after that tumble.

Snougar
Track: Carlisle – 12:20
Jockey: Lorcan Murtagh

It’s nearly a year since he’s seen the track, which is disappointing as he’s shown us some ability. I think he’ll come on plenty from the run and there will be other days to look forward to with him.

Yorvik
Track: Bangor – 3:25
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He ran really well on debut which surprised me a little bit, to tell the truth, and if he steps up from that then he’ll run a nice race.

Best Chance: Navajo Pass

Donald McCain Blog – Weekend Runners
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