Donald McCain Blog – Weekend Runners

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I have a nice bunch of horses running over the weekend where I’m looking forward to seeing Navajo Pass run in a better quality race at Doncaster. We also run Blakeney Point at Donny; he was a very smart flat horse and I’m hoping he can transfer some of that speed to this discipline.

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


Track: Doncaster – 11:50
Jockey: Lorcan Murtagh

He has been ready to run for a while but I just haven’t found a suitable opportunity. I think whatever he does, he’ll improve from it and we can work from there.

Carry On
Track: Doncaster – 11:50
Jockey: Tommy Phelan

Similar to OfcourseIwill I’ve been waiting to run him for a while but he’s a horse I like and definitely has a future.

Blakeney Point
Track: Doncaster – 12:25
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He’s done everything right at home. I suppose the ground will be slow enough for him but he’s schooled well and he should learn plenty from the experience.

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Track: Doncaster – 1:35
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He’s been very unlucky the last couple of times and was doing nothing wrong the last day at Kempton when coming down. First and foremost I want him to get around and anything after that is a bonus.

Navajo Pass (Right)

Navajo Pass
Track: Doncaster – 2:45
Jockey: Brian Hughes

It’s only a fortnight since Newcastle but he seems in good nick and I don’t think he had that hard of a race. My only slight concern is that we’ll have to make our own running again but not much we can do about that.

Gabriel Oak
Track: Newcastle – 1:25
Jockey: Paul Mulrennan

He’s been disappointing over hurdles and he’s had his wind done since then, so I just want to get him back on track and get a nice confidence-boosting run.


Shocona’s Joy
Track: Carlisle – 12:50
Jockey: Mr Philip Armson

She was placed in an Irish point-to-point last year and finished third in a bumper on this card last season. She was disappointing at Uttoxeter on hurdling debut and looks like one for handicaps.

Track: Carlisle – 3:30
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He’s a nice horse but whether he wants soft/heavy ground around Carlisle, I’m not sure. He came to grief on both starts in his point-to-points, so It’ll be nice to see him get around and he should run well.

Court Dismissed
Track: Southwell – 3:20
Jockey: Jack Dinneen

I’ve bought him as a nice schoolmaster for the boys in the yard, so they’ll knock plenty of fun out of him.

Best Chance: Navajo Pass

Donald McCain Blog – Weekend Runners
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