Flicka looks ready to roll
Sky Bet's Racing PR manager Michael Shinners with his notes from Tuesday's stable visit to Donald McCain's.
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Overturn who runs in the Arkle has been a star for the yard and it is clear that Donald is very fond of him. He stressed that he is best on better ground but also commented that he is thrilled with him, really looking forward to the race and that they have him exactly where they want him. His enthusiasm for the horse is very infectious.
Peddlers Cross has had his niggles this season but is over them now and is in "great nick" for the Festival, where he runs in the World Hurdle. He thought he would be far more impressive last time and was initially slightly disappointed. However Jason McGuire was thrilled with him and feels that he was simple idling on occasions. He was described as the best workhorse in the yard and McCain said that he would be ridden to get the trip and hope that he gets up the hill.
Cinders And Ashes will gallop at Bangor on Wednesday with a number of McCain runners, before taking his place in the Champion Hurdle. He feels that better ground will be the making of him and thinks that we will see a different horse in two weeks time. He commented that Jason McGuire was incredibly impressed with him after the Supreme Novice Hurdle last year and that he would forgive him for some disappointing runs on bad ground this season.
She Ranks Me Donald was still undecided as to where she would go with entries in both the Neptune (where she would get the sex allowance) and the Mares Hurdle. He felt that she is another who would prefer better ground and that the more likely option would be the Mares race.
Our Mick is a very strong, impressive looking grey who the McCain team seem very sweet on. He was placed in last year's JLT race as a novice and his trainer thinks that he has grown and matured since. He ran a cracker at Cheltenham in January before an unfortunate unseat, however, this could be a blessing as McCain commented that he would have gone up in the weights had he finished the race. Although his owner was keen to run after his run at Cheltenham, they have decided to keep him fresh and he is another to gallop at Bangor.
Super Duty is another imposing type who is entered in both the Kim Muir and the RSA Chase. It looked like the RSA was the favoured option, as taking Dynaste out of the equation, he felt the rest were much of a muchness.
Son Of Flicka will most likely take his chance in the Coral Cup which he won last year. Donald admitted that he had been disappointing so far this year, but with better ground and back at Cheltenham which he loves you get the feeling that a big run is expected.
Of his other runners one to take out of the visit was Counsel who is owned by Tim Leslie. He will run in the Fred Winter and is another who the McCain team seemed sweet on.