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Donald McCain: The verdict on my Sunday runners

Donald has his usual strong team lined up for Haydock on Sunday.

"Oliver Sherwood’s horse (Many Clouds) is going to be tough to beat but I was quite impressed with the way he (Woodpole Academy) won at Newcastle – I had hoped he would run well but it was a very pleasant surprise to see him win as he did.

Donald has a strong team assembled for Haydock's meeting on Sunday...

12.20 Haydock - Saga De Tercey

He's still badly handicapped and wants better ground. He's ready to run but we could do with a dry spell for him.


Hurraboru

I thought he should have won last time - he came there with every chance and I wasn't convinced he wanted it as much as the winner. He's got the headgear back on this time and fingers crossed it will make him concentrate that bit more.


12.50 Haydock - King's Grace

He is still a baby in terms of experience but this is his first run in a handicap and I don't think he is on a bad mark. The ground shouldn't be a problem - it was slow when he won his novice hurdle at Bangor - and although he is going to continue to improve with racing, this looks his most realistic chance so far this season.


13.25 Haydock - Woodpole Academy

Oliver Sherwood's horse (Many Clouds) is going to be tough to beat but I was quite impressed with the way he won at Newcastle - I had hoped he would run well but it was a very pleasant surprise to see him win as he did. That form has been franked by the second, the conditions are likely to be the same here and if he is in the same form, he has got every chance of following up.


14.00 Haydock - Railway Dillon

After thinking he would appreciate the marathon trip last time, in the end it looked as though his stamina just gave way. He won't mind the testing ground here and the slightly shorter trip should be a positive. Probably more importantly the handicapper has given him a bit of a chance since last time and although it's not going to be easy lugging a big weight round here, he has the ability if he is on one of his going days.


14.35 Haydock - Baltimoar

Obviously things didn't go according to plan here last time but he's a horse I have always liked and the time has come to kick on with him over hurdles. The ground might be a bit slower than ideal for him but I do like to start them off over hurdles here and he would have a solid chance in this field.


14.20 Taunton - Doyly Carte

This has been the plan for a while now but I must confess, I had been hoping that the ground would have been a bit quicker than it is forecast to be. She has been quite impressive in her two runs over hurdles and has already proved herself on these sharp tracks. This is obviously a step up in class for her but she has earned it and, given her pedigree (she's a half-sister to Dandino), it would be great to get some Black Type for her. On better ground I would have been quietly confident but this is going to be something of an unknown.


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29 December 2012

Donald McCain

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