May 27

Donald McCain

DONALD McCAIN has experienced both highs and low in the past few seasons but if the current form of his stable is a barometer then he could well be hitting the dizzy heights once more.

The Bankhouse Stable team in Cholmondeley in Cheshire have struck gold seven times in the past fortnight from 34 runners and McCain reached his half century for the 2018-18 season when Cowslip won at Bangor on Saturday.

The turn in the tide showed last term when he notched 80 winners after a comparatively disastrous 2014-15 when McCain’s season ended with 53 winners which was a shortfall from his 142 and 99 off 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.

Still as is his family trait there is plenty of grittiness instilled in the amiable Northerner and a positive outlook that follows all the way through to his horses.

Testify looked the sort that could well be carrying on the great tradition of the stable and whose to say that he won’t one day be lining up to face the starter at Aintree and the embryo chaser Ballasalla could well be one to try and emulate his brother Ballabriggs who gave the young McCain his first Grand National winner in 2011.

There are several nice recruits coming through from the point-to-point field and with young hurdler like Fin And Game and the tough mare Lastbutnotleast then there should be plenty more glory days to come.

Donald kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about those he hopes can swell the stable’s winning number during the coming months.

  • Fin And Game

    good winner at Wetherby last week and more success looks on the cards.

  • Lastbutnotleast

    winning sequence ended when she broke a blood vessel at Carlisle on Sunday but plenty of big days in her when she goes novice chasing.

  • Sonic

    ran well in a bumper at Musselburgh last week and should excel when running over two and a half miles over hurdles.

  • Testify

    made a very pleasing chasing bow at Bangor when putting the useful Tommy Silver to the sword and looks a chasing star in the making.

  • Uppertown Prince

    surprised a few when winning on his hurdling bow at Bangor but well considered by his trainer and can map out further success.

  • What Happens Now

    latest effort on bad ground best forgotten and there will be other big days for this fella in handicap chases over three miles plus.

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