Donald McCain is considering a crack at Together For Racing’s international Cesarewitch with his improving Goobinator stayer.
The five-year-old is a three-time hurdler winner and will return to jump in the winter, but he has won his last two on the flat, which suggests he has even more to offer in this area.
He is registered for the Cesarewitch Trial this weekend but will not take the option.
“He won’t be racing this weekend. We had a bit of a chat, and he would probably squeeze into the Cesarewitch with his 4-pound penalty,” McCain said.
“There are pros and cons, because Paul (Mulrennan) gets along very well with him but I don’t think he would have the kind of weight Paul could handle – and he wouldn’t be the most horse. easy in the world to ride.
“It’s doing well after Haydock, so the Cesarewitch is definitely an option, but we have to compare it to winter as well.
“He won on heavy hedged ground but he doesn’t really want it. He doesn’t want it too firm either – I had taken him out a few times before Haydock, because the ground had gone too fast.”
McCain may be best known for his jumpers, but he’s had a good summer with his small group of flat horses, best advertised by sprinter Russco – who has won five in a row.
“Obviously we bought it as a project, and it wasn’t drilled into the ground when it was two years old because that’s not the way we do it,” said the coach of Cheshire.
“We’ve calculated his trip now, and he’s been slowly improving all the time, and I’d like to think he still is.
“There is one race at Haydock that he could participate in and a valuable one at Ascot that he could squeeze into. But honestly – and unfortunately for me – he also has a sales appointment at Newmarket in the fall, because that’s what it was bought for.
“I am enjoying the trip very much so we will not be giving it away as it is a valuable asset at the moment.”
Another prolific winner for the yard is novice hunter Presentandcounting, who has won five of his last six to score 147 – barely 1 pound less than Cheltenham Festival finalist Fiddlerontheroof.
“If we could stamp the shape they’re all in now for the rest of the winter, I would sign for that now,” McCain said.
“The positive side of his 147 rating is that he is a novice – so his rating should improve throughout the year as we can run in novice pursuits so it’s not the end of the game. world.
“He wouldn’t be in a good position for a race like the Paddy Power so he’ll go for the Listed novice pursuit at Chepstow in a few weeks.”