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Donald McCain: The verdict on my Saturday runners

Donald is closing in on the century of winners and has a few chances on Saturday.

"His homework (Tornado Bob) has been very good and by running him over 3m, they will hopefully go that bit steadier and he can get into a rhythm in the early stages...."

Donald has a host of chances on Saturday as he closes in on the 100 winner mark for the season...

14.45 Newbury - Clondaw Kaempfer

He steps up in class now and there was plenty of deliberating about whether to come here or not. Although I am sure he will be a better horse on better ground, he has shown he handles it testing and he deserves to take his chance. The options for a horse like him are a bit limited - he would have had a 10lb penalty if he had gone to Cheltenham on New Year's Day - so we decided to give him a crack in a Grade 1. Look, he's done everything right so far, Jason is happy that he will be fine on the ground and he must have a solid chance.

15.15 Newbury - Any Given Day

He's had a few problems since we last saw him a year ago and although he has won fresh in the past, I am inclined to think he is going to be a bit sharper for this reappearance. It's been a long road back with him and although the conditions should suit, it's going to be tough conceding weight all round in this field.

12.05 Doncaster - Supreme Asset

It looks a competitive race but the conditions should suit him so he'd have to have a chance. I must admit he surprised me at Uttoxeter last time as he was very green at home and I thought he might get found out for pace over 2m. He should appreciate the longer trip this time and although he needs to improve to follow up, it isn't impossible that he will.

14.25 Doncaster - Tornado Bob

He was never really right last season after he fell at Haydock on his reappearance - it was an horrific fall and it just seemed to scare him. He's been out hunting since he last ran and it has been a case of trying to get him to enjoy his job again. His homework has been very good and by running him over 3m, they will hopefully go that bit steadier and he can get into a rhythm in the early stages.

15.25 Doncaster - Blackwater King

He's a horse I have always thought a fair bit of and although it wasn't a great race at Kelso last time, he did win very easily. A mark of 114 looks very fair to me and although you never know what might be lurking further down the weights, I would be disappointed if he couldn't go very close.

12.20 Kelso - Rifle Shot

I was surprised how one-paced he looked at Hereford earlier in the month because he has actually shown a bit of speed at home. He's up in trip which might help and it's probably not the greatest race - hopefully he will show a bit more than he did last time.

12.50 Kelso - Red Rocco

He kept on well when he won at Newcastle last time and his jumping has been good in his two runs over fences so far. The drop in trip isn't absolutely ideal but he is happy bowling along in front and his stamina is assured. He'd be getting weight from Yurok if this were a handicap but he's in good order and he's got an obvious chance.

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29 December 2012

Donald McCain


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