Donald McCain Blog – Weekend Runners

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It’s going to be all hands on deck at Bankhouse this weekend as we run 7 horses at 3 different tracks over Saturday and Sunday. We have had a blank week so far with Ballasalla unfortunatley overjumping and unseating Brian wehn looking to have a race at his mercy at Wetherby.

I’d be hopeful of adding to our season tally over the weekend, with the horses running well without winning at present.

Saturday

Shantaluze
Track: Bangor
– 1:40
Jockey: Theo Gillard

The ground was quite slow at Sedgefield the last day and two and a half miles around there with all that weight probably took its toll. He also got slightly upset beforehand so I’m hoping that seeing as we are not travelling too far and with Theo’s valuable seven pounds off his back, he should have a chance.

Snougar
Track: Bangor
– 2:15
Jockey: Will Kennedy

He’s an absolute beast of a horse that should be chasing by now but with the year we have had, it’s just not worked out for him. The ground shouldn’t bother him but he might want a little bit further to show his true colours.

Like a good few of these we just need to get runs into them and he’ll be all the better for it.

Tawseef

Tawseef
Track: Bangor
– 2:50
Jockey: Abbie McCain

He’s a grand old horse and he’s badly handicapped on two or three good runs when he came over from Ireland. He’s an old man but he is genuine and tough, likes the ground and stays. He could still be around ten pound too high but he’ll run his race.

Whiskey Chaser
Track: Bangor
– 4:35
Jockey: Will Kennedy

He’s been a bit disappointing of late to be honest but he’s run well around Bangor before and the ground will be in his favour. That being said we are hopeful of a good run rather than confident..

Craig Star
Track: Kelso
– 4:45
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He’s a funny little horse who has good days and bad days but he’s beginning to look fairly treated. We are putting the blinkers on him for the first time which might help and he’s run well at Kelso before.

Sunday

Pogue
Track: Carlisle
– 2:25
Jockey: Brian Hughes

There has been limited opportunities to run him really but if he gets away with the track then the trip should be fine and I’d expect him to run well.

I wouldn’t underestimate John Dixon’s horse at the top of the weights, who’s form stacks up quite well having beat First Account nicely when we last saw him.

Rainy City
Track: Carlisle
– 4:35
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He’s an old horse but 3 miles around Carlisle will suit him well. It looks like a competitive race but we’ve an each way chance

Best Chance: Craig Star

Donald McCain Blog – Weekend Runners
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