Donald McCain’s Blog

It was nice to get a win last weekend with Raise A Spark and I was very happy to see Chti Balko run so well at Ayr on his seasonal debut.

This weekend is going to be a relatively quiet one, as we continue to wait for the rain to arrive. It’s frustrating as I wanted to run more horses including Fin And Game but the ground is still too quick. So I have declared four runners in total, two head to Aintree and two are bound for Kelso on Saturday.

Craig Star
Track: Kelso – 12:45
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He’s a very honest, little straightforward horse and we are quite fond of him, he’s owned by Richard Hales, the jockey agent and it’s a race he should have a chance in if he stays. He isn’t very big but he is consistent, honest an generally runs his race.

William Of Orange
Track: Aintree – 1:35
Jockey: Lorcan Murtagh

“William” is probably handicapped on summer form and it’s getting tougher but the ground is still there at Aintree so we will go and take a punt and see what happens.

He has two ways of running and until you put the saddle on, you don’t really know which way it will be. Saying that he’s already won three this year and I’d imagine this will be one of the final runs of his season.

Track: Kelso – 2:30
Jockey: Brian Hughes

He’s had a wind op since he last ran, he wants some nice ground and he has been a bit switched off and lazy in previous races. He’s run some good races but has also let us down on occasions and I’m hoping the wind op will help him as he has the ability to run well.

Robbing The Prey
Track: Aintree – 3:20
Jockey: Will Kennedy

He is having his first run for us and looks like a nice type of horse, he wants some nice ground and is probably in between trips of 2 to 2 1/2 miles. Similar to a lot of the horses’ opportunities at the moment are quite limited, so we are going to Aintree to get him started for the season.

I think he is going to find this very different to running in novice handicaps, with some seasoned two milers in opposition but he’s ready to get started and it was just a case of finding a sensible place to go.

Best Chance: Craig Star


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