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Donald McCain: The verdict on my Friday runners

Donald has three runners at his local track this afternoon.

"He (Sydney Paget) had a nasty fall at Kelso on his chasing debut and he came back very sore....."

Donald has live chances at both Bangor and Cheltenham on Friday and gives us his verdict on his four runners.


Bangor

13.35 2m1f Novice Hurdle

Oscatara

He's a nice horse and he travelled well for a long way at Aintree on his debut but the ground was too soft for him there and he got a bit tired. It might well prove to be too soft for him here too but it didn't walk too badly the other day and although it's a biggish field, only a handful have a realistic chance. I would like to think we were one of those!


14.10 3m Handicap Hurdle

Sydney Paget

He had a nasty fall at Kelso on his chasing debut and he came back very sore. I am running him back over hurdles to try and get him enjoying racing again - it was a nasty experience and we need to get his head right. Callum (Whillans) rides him every morning and he knows him well so he takes the ride - he's got top weight too so taking 5lb off won't hurt. I am not really sure what to expect from him but the plan is to go back chasing after this.


15.20 2m1f Bumper

Darlington County

He's still a bit immature and I think he is going to come on for the experience. He's a half-brother to Railway Dillon and I wouldn't think we would be seeing the best of him until he gets a trip and/or fences in time. He's ready for a run though and this is a good place to introduce them.


Cheltenham

12.15 2m5f Novice Chase

Super Duty

He hasn't won over fences yet but he hasn't done anything wrong and he should really appreciate the conditions. I wouldn't really want any more rain for him but if it stays as it is he should be fine. It's a Cheltenham novice chase so it's never going to be easy but he gets weight from a few of them and hopefully he will show us what he can do.

*****


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14 December 2012

Donald McCain

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