Donald McCain: The verdict on my Saturday runners
Donald has a strong team in action at his local track this afternoon as well as a quartet of runners at Ayr...
"he (Divers) can clearly be competitive off this sort of mark and the faster they go early, the better for him...."
He was disappointing the last day and there shouldn't really have been any excuses but you have to forgive a young horse a bad run now and then. He's a good, solid novice and seems in good order at home - he's got the top one (Sausalito Sunrise) to beat and he might not be quite good enough here but if he's back to his earlier form, he shouldn't be too far away.
At the weights you couldn't really fancy him here but he has really got his act together of late and the conditions won't be a problem. I had always thought he was going to be a good chaser and now he's going the right way I am a bit more optimistic. As I say, it's not going to be easy given away chunks of weight but he is very well at home and does seem to like Bangor.
Right To Rule
He ran a bit better at Newcastle with the blinkers on and he's got the ability to win a race like this. He has been a shade disappointing on the face of things but if the headgear works a second time, I would like to think he could be competitive here.
He's been a bit disappointing since he won at Wetherby but I think he has probably found the ground a bit too soft. The drying ground here ought to be in his favour and it isn't a strong race. If he's in anything like the form he was at Wetherby then I would think he had an each-way shout.
He's shown a glimmer of promise this year without really threatening. The blinkers went back on last time and didn't have the desired effect and although he's dropping down the weights, he does have a bit to prove. This is competitive enough for the grade so I would be hopeful, rather than optimistic.
Final Pass/Rain Down
They are two grand horses who are ready for a run before they go off for their summer break. Both will be novice hurdling in the autumn and I wanted to get a run into them beforehand - this is a nice track to introduce them at so here they come. I couldn't really split them going into this and I would hope that both had an each-way chance.
He ran a lot better than the result last time when he got there soon enough and we will be trying to hold on to him as long as possible this time. The ground would be as slow as he would probably want it but he can clearly be competitive off this sort of mark and the faster they go early, the better for him. I would like to think he's got a decent each-way chance.
He didn't run too badly in the County Hurdle on his first run for us in what was a very competitive event. This had been the plan since but with the top one (My Tent Or Yours) staying in, it's messed things up a bit as we are now well out of the handicap. He'll take his chance but obviously it's going to be very tough.
Unlike Divers, this ground will probably as quick as he would want. He's had a good break since having a hard race on bad ground at Newbury in February and the form he was in earlier in the season would give him a chance, despite his big weight. This is pretty competitive but we go there with a sporting chance.
Bit Of A Jig
He's another who would ideally prefer it a bit quicker but he's been in good form, albeit in weaker races than this. We've got AP McCoy booked and this ought to give us a better idea as to quite how well treated he is.