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Donald McCain: The verdict on my Sunday runners

Donald has a couple of promising novices in action at Carlisle on Sunday.

"I have never made any secret of the fact I think plenty of him and I am hopeful he has a big future over fences...."

A busy day for Donald with plenty of runners at Carlisle and Musselburgh.

12.20 Musselburgh - Valleyofmilan

There are a couple in here who are probably a bit better than him - Lord Wishes is the one to beat - but he is very tough and genuine and if there are any chinks in the armour of the others, he might be able to take advantage. Realistically, if he is placed again he will have run well.

13.20 Musselburgh - Mount Hope

This is a big step up in trip for him and hopefully the steadier pace will help him with his jumping - he hasn't been foot perfect and he is taking a while to get the hang of things at home. He's a full brother to Brady who stays 3m so there is cause for optimism with regards to the trip - if he stays, he must have a fair chance.

14.50 Musselburgh - Bhaltair

He didn't get a penalty for his win here earlier in the week and I had to get him turned out quickly. This doesn't look particularly strong and if the blinkers have the same effect this time, he should be hard to beat. It's half a mile shorter than on Monday but I can't see that being a problem.

12.30 Carlisle - Corrin Wood

I was delighted with the way he ran at Haydock last time and his second to Coneygree at Uttoxeter was probably a better effort than it looked at the time. If he's in the same form here, he will prove hard to beat I would think.

13.30 Carlisle - Jumbo Supreme

He has been a bit disappointing so far as he came here with some winning form in points. He's a big chaser in the making and he should stay well in time. The drop to 2m wouldn't be sure to suit him but the stiff finish will at least help bring his stamina into play.


He's having his first visit to the racecourse at the age of seven - he's had loads of problems along the way and it's just a case of trying to crack on with him now he is ready to run.

14.30 Carlisle - Switched Off

He was still travelling well when he came down at Musselburgh on his first run for us and would have gone very close. Whether he wants this ground or not I am not sure but the only way we will find out is by trying!


He lost his way a bit at the end of last season but in his favour is that he seems to love this track - both his wins last season came here and he ran well when fourth to Hada Men in March. He seems well enough at home and it's the right place for him to be making his return to action.

15.00 Carlisle - Real Milan

He really is a smashing horse and this looks the ideal race for him to start off his chasing career. He did win a hurdle on heavy ground and although I don't think he really wants it that deep, he handles it well enough. I have never made any secret of the fact I think plenty of him and I am hopeful he has a big future over fences.

15.30 Carlisle - Goodacres Garden

He's every inch a staying chaser in the making and he is going to need a stiff track like this in bumpers. He's a likeable sort and he's ready for a run so we need to kick on with him - realistically he's more of a longer-term prospect though.

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15 December 2012

Donald McCain


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