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Donald McCain: 90 and counting.......

90 winners and counting for Donald in 2012-13

"It’s handicaps left, right and centre and fewer opportunities for the novices – of which I have lots!"

Donald got 90 winners up for the season in the Towcester mud on Thursday and is on course to better last season's tally at this stage.

With Tonvadosa's win at Towcester (more on that meeting later) on Thursday we moved to 90 winners for the season which is a testament to a cracking team at Bankhouse and a yard full of very nice horses - particularly the youngsters.

Last season was always going to be hard to beat but we are ahead of schedule this time round and I have several horses that I am itching to get a run into.

It was pointed out that I have had fewer runners in November and December than 12 months ago and although there have been a few meetings where I would have had runners that have been abandoned, it's also as a result of fewer opportunities for the novices.

I had a long list of horses to run over the Christmas period but when I sat down with the programme book, I was left even more frustrated than normal. It's handicaps left, right and centre and fewer opportunities for the novices - of which I have lots!

Wetherby's programme on Boxing Day is a prime example - three handicap hurdles and three handicap chases - without wishing to single them out, it's not making my life any easier!

There was a lot of talk about whether the meeting at Towcester should have gone ahead or not on Thursday but credit to them for getting it on.

Yes it was very testing ground and the sight of splashing water is something that we aren't used to seeing in Britain. It happens all the time in Ireland though and as long as the standing water isn't too close to the obstacles, it isn't a big problem.

I have never had any problem in running my horses on very heavy ground - it's going to be more tiring for them than may normally be the case but the three that ran there on Thursday all seem to be fine and haven't shown any ill effects.

Trainers aren't going to run their horses on dangerous ground and, for me, I would much sooner run a horse on very deep ground than on fast ground at somewhere like Ludlow.

It's going to be a busy week or so from Boxing Day onwards after a much-needed couple of days off and I will be giving you my thoughts on my runners on the days when we will be busy. (Click HERE for the video of Donald's Festive plans)

For now though, all that remains is for me to wish you all a happy Christmas!


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21 December 2012

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