Monday 18 December 2017

McCain gets back in groove at Musselburgh

Donald McCain has made a slower than normal start to the season, but he signalled his string are reaching peak form as he combined with Jason Maguire for a 92/1 treble at Musselburgh.

The Cheshire-based handler, who has a near 30pc strike-rate at the Scottish track, struck with Franciscan (7/4 favourite) in the second division of the novice hurdle before Clondaw Hero (7/2) took the maiden Hurdle and Theatrical Style (13/2) landed the closing bumper.

Maguire will certainly be hoping that the McCain string starts to fire and he believes that his first winner, Franciscan, is destined for greater things.


"He did it well, he'd improved a lot for his Bangor run and his jumping was much better," said Maguire.

Clondaw Hero put a disappointing Southwell performance behind him with an authoritative display over three miles and the former pointer looks to be crying out for fences.

"He's a nice horse, he was cheaply bought but ran on soft ground at Southwell and was pulled up," Maguire said.

"Back on better ground he did it well. It's usually worth the trip when we come here."

Lucinda Russell took the two and a half-mile handicap chase with Quito Du Tresor (85/40) and the trainer did even better with a 174/1 four-timer at Hexham.

Irish Independent

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