Donald McCain: The verdict on my Sandown pair
Another successful season for Donald comes to an end with two runners at Sandown on Saturday.
"We spent a long while deliberating running (Clondaw Kaempfer) here or in the handicap but, in the end, it was hard to resist having a go at this...."
He ran a bit better in the blinkers at Aintree last time - it was obviously flying high but he kept on quite nicely and might have finished a bit closer but for getting chopped off at one stage. This is a more realistic level and although it's a competitive race, I don't think he is on a bad mark. The changing ground is a concern though and if it got very testing, I would start to get worried - he's a much better horse on good ground.
I was delighted with him at Aintree as I have always thought he was a very nice horse and he showed a fantastic attitude to get back up and win. We spent a long while deliberating running here or in the handicap but, in the end, it was hard to resist having a go at this. Next season he is hopefully going to be running in conditions hurdles or novice chasing so his handicap mark isn't the primary concern and this longer trip looks as though it will be in his favour. He handles soft ground but, as with Dispour, I think he is a better horse on a sound surface - he deserves to take his chance in any case and hopefully should run another big race.