The Trainer Donald McCain has 8 runners Saturday 29th January 2022

Todays Donald McCain Horse Racing Tips

Race 1 Cheltenham 12-15 Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) 17f

3653655011 Lively Citizen
Consistent, prominent racer who showed greater resolution than the runner-up when doubling hurdles tally over C&D in December. No reason why he won't give another good account of himself.
10-7Archie BellamyD J Jeffreyslocked3.5/14.5/129
365365764 Cormier
Dual winner on Flat last term who ran well to finish fourth in Welsh Champion Hurdle in October. Significant error caught him out in the Greatwood Hurdle next time and he's worth a look here.
11-6Jonathan BurkeBrian Ellisonlocked5/14.5/110
3653655010 Byzantine Empire
Made an excellent start over hurdles for present yard, gaining third success from last 4 starts at Doncaster (16.5f) latest, coming clear with runner-up. Feasible to think that won't prove his limit.
10-12Paddy BrennanFergal O'Brienlocked6/16/10
365365117 Kihavah
Progressive over hurdles this winter, taking a marked step forward in form terms when landing a novices' handicap at Newcastle (16.2f) 11 days ago, easily. Assessor has reacted, though.
11-0Conor O'FarrellAdrian Paul locked9/118/1100
365365349 Severance
Useful on Flat and made an impressive winning debut over hurdles in 17f Carlisle maiden 14 months ago. 2m5f probably not his bag so far this term and mark has eased if bouncing back returned to 2m.
10-12Kielan WoodsBen Paulinglocked9/15/144
365365218 Hydroplane
Progressive last term, notching up 4 victories and quickly back from a blip when regaining winning ways at Sandown (2m) 3 weeks ago, well-served by prominent tactics on the day. 3 lb higher now.
11-0Tom ScudamoreIan Williamslocked10/116/160
365365345 Hystery Bere
Fairly useful hurdler in France who confirmed his opening mark lenient when successful on return at Fontwell (17.7f) last month. This understandably deeper but that may not prove his limit.
11-4Aidan ColemanTom Symondslocked12/110/117
365365191 Masters Legacy
Scored on return at Chepstow (2m) in October and filled runners-up spot on 2 of his 3 starts since, albeit no match for an easy winner latest. Mark may be about right but he should go well again.
11-12Micheal NolanPhilip Hobbslocked12/19/125
365365736 Glory And Honour
Good second in 2m Taunton handicap hurdle last month but came down heavily at the ninth on debut over fences at Ffos Las next time and he's back up class returned to timber now.
11-2Stan SheppardTom Laceylocked16/112/125
365365283 Geromino
Rattled off a novice/handicap hurdle hat-trick late prior to going down fighting behind Tommy's Oscar at Doncaster (16.5f) in December. Raced freely at Musselburgh since and had wind op since.
11-9Brian Hughes Donald McCainlocked18/120/111
365365332 The Widdow Maker
Looked better than ever on back of a wind op when successful on return at Wincanton (15.2f) in December. Possibly did a bit much in front at Kempton since and this mark unlikely to prove beyond him.
11-10Brendan PowellColin Tizzardlocked20/118/110
3653651512 Ashutor
Justified cramped odds in a couple of small-field handicap chases in summer 2020 for Paul Nicholls. However, hasn't been enough in 3 starts for present stable to make him of interest back over hurdles
10-2Sean HoulihanSophie Leechlocked66/180/121
There are 12 runners in this race.

Race 2 Doncaster 12-25 Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) 19f

365365312 Gala De Corton
Runner-up twice in novices prior to improving again to make a winning handicap debut over 2m here a month ago. Up 6 lb but surprise if this lightly-raced sort from top yard has reached his limit.
11-12Angus CheledaPaul Nichollslocked5/14.5/110
365365288 Kavanaghs Cross
Some good placed efforts in handicaps prior to getting off mark in a 2m Kelso maiden last month. Backed that up with a fine second in Musselburgh handicap since. Should give another good account.
11-7Niall HoulihanIain Jardinelocked6.5/110/154
365365655 Jay Jay Reilly
Gradual progress in bumpers last term and struck at second attempt over hurdles when making all in 2m Kempton novice in November. Only third at Taunton since but retains potential now handicapping.
11-10Harry SkeltonDan Skeltonlocked7/16/114
365365569 Romeo Brown
Knocked on the door last term and put it all together at second time of asking for new yard at Hexham (2m) in November. Fair fourth at Wetherby (2m again) since. Return to longer trip a help. Player.
11-6Thomas WillmottSue Smithlocked8/110/125
365365196 Grangeclare Glory
Fairly useful hurdler who ran up to his best when third of 9 in 19f Taunton novice 19 days ago. Ought to be competitive back in a handicap.
11-9Fergus GillardDavid Pipelocked8.5/17.5/112
3653651811 Inishbiggle
Improved to gain a second career success in C&D handicap 18 days ago. 5 lb rise demands a bit more again but unexposed profile provides hope for better still.
11-2Kevin BroganGary Hanmerlocked8.5/14/153
365365344 Creative Control
Winner of Sedgefield maiden and C&D handicap before Xmas. Could only manage third at Sedgefield on Boxing Day but no surprise if he resumes his progression with Peter Kavanagh taking handy 7 lb off.
11-10Peter Kavanagh Donald McCainlocked9/19/10
365365313 Ted's Friend
Proved a different proposition second time up over hurdles when scoring at Plumpton (20.5f) in November. Found litfe tougher under a penalty over C&D since but is unexposed now handicapping.
11-11Max KendrickFergal O'Brienlocked11/114/127
365365301 Le Musee
Four-time Flat winner in 2020. Better effort in handicap hurdles since returning from an absence when 6 lengths fourth over 3m at Taunton. Back down in trip.
11-13Kieren BuckleyNigel Hawkelocked12/116/133
3653654213 Headscarf Lil
In the form of his life at present, winning around 2½m at Carlisle in October and Newcastle in December. Respected despite a further 7 lb rise.
10-12Sean QuinlanNicky Richardslocked12/114/117
36536514310 Hurricane Ali
Firmly on the up over hurdles last spring, winning 3 times. Also recorded a pair of good placed efforts when last seen at the end of the summer and claims if ready to roll on return.
11-4James BowenJohn Mackielocked14/122/157
3653656714 Black Ebony
Fair maiden who hasn't stood much racing thus far but made a good return to action when second in 20.5f Southwell handicap in November. Needs to show he can string good runs together now.
10-12Thomas DowsonPhilip Kirbylocked16/128/175
365365397 Quest For Life
Dual scorer early in 2021. Back on song when third in Wetherby handicap in November but failed to back it up at Ayr since. Others are preferred.
11-8Tom MidgleyMark Walfordlocked33/140/121
3653655716 Walk In The Wild
Maiden hurdler who offered little in handicaps in November/December. A subsequent wind op needs to have made a big difference.
10-6Tom BellamyOliver Sherwoodlocked50/150/10
365365715 Near Kettering
Bagged handicap hurdles at Market Rasen and Carlisle in 2021. More miss than hit subsequently, never threatening at Haydock last weekend. Best to look elsewhere unless betting vibes strong.
10-10Jonathan EnglandSam Englandlocked66/1100/152
3653653412 Lord Condi
Dual 3m Perth scorer for Iain Jardine in 2021 but never a threat in 2 runs for new yard last month.
11-1Craig NicholDanny Brookelocked66/1150/1127
There are 16 runners in this race.

Race 3 Uttoxeter 12-38 Novices/Maiden Hurdle (Class 4) 16f

365365312 Arizona Cardinal
Irish point winner who made a very promising start over hurdles in well-run maiden at Warwick (21f) under this rider last month. Possibly amiss when pulled up 3 weeks later but can get back on track.
11-6Ciaran GethingsStuart Edmundslocked2.25/13/133
36536573 Charlie's Glance
Well-related Newbury bumper winner who has made a promising start over hurdles, third in a Taunton novice (19f, good to soft, 2/1) last week. Should be in the mix.
11-6James MartinAndrew J Martinlocked3/10.91/170
3653654554 Five Bar Brian
Fairyhouse bumper winner for Willie Mullins in January 2020 and looked set to make a winning debut over hurdles/for this yard before tying up at Ayr 15 months ago. Tongue tied for reappearance.
11-6Henry BrookeOliver Greenalllocked4/111/1175
365365901 Abegudsam
€1,500 3-y-o, £58,000 4-y-o: first foal: dam unraced half-sister to fairly useful hurdler/useful chaser (stayed 4m) Mister Marker. Off mark in Irish points at second attempt (Oct 31).
11-6Sean BowenOlly Murphylocked5/15/10
3653653105 Grey Skies
Improved on debut effort when seventh in maiden hurdle at Cork (20f) 10 months ago. Successful between the flags recently and looks an interesting recruit for Donald McCain. Market check advised.
11-6Theo Gillard Donald McCainlocked10/112/120
365365748 Rio Silva
Blue Bresil filly. Dam unraced half-sister to smart hurdler/top-class chaser (stayed 25f) Valseur Lido. Looked one for later on when fourth in a Fakenham bumper on her debut in November.
10-13David EnglandOlly Murphylocked12/128/1133
365365506 Inflagrante
Getaway gelding who was strong in the betting but didn't offer much immediate hope when tailed off in a Bangor bumper last month. Tough to fancy on hurdles bow.
11-6Gavin SheehanKim Baileylocked18/133/183
365365589 Great Commission
Close third in Beverley novice on second start on the Flat. Hurdles debut effort at Sedgefield (16.8f) wasn't devoid of promise but below that level for new yard since. Cheekpieces applied.
10-7Page FullerJo Davislocked80/1125/156
3653652010 Snap Chap
Fair maiden at best on Flat but has been let down by attitude, taking little interest on yard debut recently. Easy to look elsewhere on his hurdles bow.
10-7Fergus GregoryJake Thomas locked100/1200/1100
3653651997 Unique Company
Poor on Flat and over hurdles (0-20 overall) and hasn't shown much in this sphere. Returns from 6 months off and easy to look elsewhere.
11-6Mr Philip ThomasMark Weathererlocked125/1150/120
There are 10 runners in this race.

Race 4 Uttoxeter 13:13 Novices/Maiden Hurdle (Class 4) 16f

365365233 Drenagh
Placed in a pair of bumpers in early 2020 and has found only one too good both starts over hurdles, latterly at Chepstow (2m). Sets the standard in this sphere.
11-6Sean BowenAlastair Ralphlocked1.75/10.91/148
365365432 Benign Dictator
Well-bred sort who improved to land a C&D bumper on first start for this yard in November. Far from disgraced in a listed event at Ascot subsequently and should make his mark over hurdles.
11-6Fergus GregoryOlly Murphylocked1.88/13/160
365365396 Russian Virtue
Fairly useful maiden on Flat, stays 1¼m. Below form last 3 starts in that sphere but made a decent enough start over hurdles after 3 months off when second at Pumpton last month. Likely to improve.
11-6Tabitha WorsleyClare Hobsonlocked7.5/112/160
36536508 Western Baron
€30,000 3-y-o, Westerner gelding. Brother to 2 winners, including useful hurdler/fairly useful chaser Anything Will Do, and half-brother to useful hurdler/chaser Stand Up And Fight.
11-6Tom O'BrienColin Tizzardlocked7.5/15/133
365365157 Sullivan's Brow
Winning pointer who failed to see things out on his sole outing in bumpers and it was a similar story sent hurdling upped in trip at Sedgefield 15 days ago.
11-6Theo Gillard Donald McCainlocked12/116/133
365365795 Nine Nine Nine
All the rage in the market but needed experience in sole bumper. Showed some ability behind a useful one on Fakenham hurdle bow but not so good at Taunton. Has since left Nigel Twiston-Davies.
11-6William KennedySarah-Jayne Davieslocked16/125/156
36536501 Barnie Beetle
Firebreak gelding out of a 2m hurdle winner who stayed 25f (also an 11.5f winner on Flat). Yard's newcomers usually come on for a run and probably best watched on this occasion.
11-6Henry BrookeOliver Greenalllocked22/150/1127
365365219 Mothill
Fairly useful Flat winner in France (left Jean-Claude Rouget 18,000 gns in September, then gelded). Well held on Wincanton hurdle/stable debut 3 weeks ago but ought to do better in time.
10-7Harry ReedNeil Mulhollandlocked33/128/115
365365154 Ez Tiger
No great shakes in bumpers and showed only a bit before departing late on Huntingdon hurdling debut.
11-6Ciaran GethingsAlex Haleslocked33/140/121
There are 9 runners in this race.

Race 5 Cheltenham 13:55 Handicap Chase (Class 1) 21f

3653653010 Torn And Frayed
Dual hurdles winner last term who has made a promising start over fences, beaten only by My Drogo in C&D novice in November. Seemed unsuited by heavy ground at Haydock since.
10-10Sam Twiston-DaviesNigel locked5/15/10
365365216 Farinet
Ex-French chaser who lost a shoe when pulled up in similar event here on return. Resumed progress when ready winner at Sandown 3 weeks ago and likely to progress again. Big shout.
11-2Miss Lucy TurnerVenetia Williamslocked6/16.5/18
365365289 Galahad Quest
Opened his account over fences at Haydock (20f) on final start last season and has returned in good nick, finishing fifth and sixth in similar events. No forlorn hope.
10-11David NoonanNick Williamslocked6/16/10
365365282 Coole Cody
Tough front runner who has bagged a couple of similar events around here, including Racing Post Gold Cup last month. Not in same form here on New Year's Day but type to bounce back.
11-12Adam WedgeEvan Williamslocked7/15/129
365365281 Magic Saint
Course winner who took a step back in right direction fitted in headgear when fourth in similar event here on New Year's Day, though again shaping as if this trip stretches him. Becoming well treated.
11-12Tom BuckleyPaul Nichollslocked7.5/18/17
365365348 Jacamar
Useful hurdler and even better form over fences, going down only narrowly at Wincanton before going one better fitted with this headgear at Kempton, overcoming a mixed round of jumping. This tougher.
10-12Paddy BrennanMilton Harrislocked8/16.5/119
3653654273 Whatmore
Proved a useful and consistent novice chaser last season and took his form to a new level when runner-up in 2 good quality handicaps at Ascot and Newcastle this term. Another bold showing expected.
11-5Richard PatrickHenry Dalylocked9/19/10
365365285 Spiritofthegames
Regular in competitive handicaps and finished with running left when mid-field in the Paddy Power here. Easy enough to excuse next 2 starts and went close in this 2 years ago off 149. No easy ride.
11-2Jack AndrewsDan Skeltonlocked12/17/142
3653651211 Eden Du Houx
Useful hurdler who opened his account over fences on the back of a wind op in 2m Ffos Las handicap in November. Good second of 4 at Chepstow 10 weeks later and not taken lightly.
10-9Tom ScudamoreDavid Pipelocked14/111/121
365365277 She'sasupermack
Useful chaser who showed no ill effect from her fall when resuming winning ways in 5-runner handicap at Ayr (3m). Shorter trip no issue but career-high mark may well be.
10-13Conor O'FarrellIain Jardinelocked25/120/120
365365284 Gaelik Coast
Good record at Musselburgh but has struggled when tackling more competitive handicaps. Others preferred.
11-3Brian Hughes Donald McCainlocked33/120/139
There are 11 runners in this race.

Race 6 Uttoxeter 14:22 Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) 20f

365365427 Mackelduff
Progressive hurdler who readily defied a 6 lb lower mark on return/handicap debut at Aintree (20f) in October. Good third at Cheltenham and Haydock next 2 starts and remains unexposed.
11-1Fergus GregoryOlly Murphylocked2.75/12.5/19
365365245 Wicked West
Improved model for new stable, winning maiden/novice events last year. Poor start in handicaps but bounced back to his best when placed last 2 starts. Step up in trip should suit and shortlisted.
11-2Charlie HammondDr Richard Newlandlocked4.5/13.33/126
365365288 Here Comes Henry
Catching the eye in maiden/novice hurdles and duly improved when making a winning handicap bow at Fakenham on New Year's Day. More to come.
10-5Ciaran GethingsStuart Edmundslocked4.5/15.5/122
36536593 Stormy Flight
Fairly useful hurdler who wasn't disgraced on chase bow at Chepstow. Well backed back over hurdles when brought down at the first at Wincanton 9 days ago. C&D winner off 2 lb lower in April.
11-4Rex DingleJeremy Scottlocked4.5/14.5/10
365365212 Zambezi Fix
Fairly useful ex-Irish hurdler who bettered that form over fences last term. Good second back over hurdles this season, including at Sandown 3 weeks ago, faring best of those held up. Respected.
11-9Ben JonesBernard Llewellynlocked7.5/18/17
365365141 Cabot Cliffs
Successful 3 times last term and has posted 2 solid efforts to make the frame in 2m handicaps at Chepstow/Ascot this winter. Beaten by more than lack of stamina upped in trip at Kempton 2 weeks ago.
11-12Bridget AndrewsDan Skeltonlocked10/19/110
365365164 Hart Of Steel
Added to his tally in determined style at Carlisle (20f) in October and took another step forward when making all at Bangor 16 days ago. Player.
11-3Theo Gillard Donald McCainlocked10/17/130
3653651126 French Crusader
Useful hurdler in his prime but is clearly hard to train and has offered little this season back from a long absence. First run for yard after leaving Nicky Henderson.
11-2Tom O'BrienToby Laweslocked25/116/136
3653651189 Glan Y Gors
On a lengthy losing run over hurdles/Flat and not easy to make a case for from just out of the weights.
10-0Mr Philip ThomasMark Weathererlocked66/1100/152
There are 9 runners in this race.

Race 7 Cheltenham 15:40 Novices/Maiden Hurdle (Class 1) 20f

365365281 Hillcrest
Big chasing type who completed a hat-trick over hurdles in 7-runner listed novice over C&D (soft) 4 weeks ago, asserting near finish after finding extra. Concedes weight all round but more to come.
11-10Richard PatrickHenry Dalylocked1.38/10.8/142
365365383 Balco Coastal
Useful bumper winner who looks another potentially smart novice for his yard, showing a willing attitude to make it 2-2 over hurdles at Ludlow (15.8f) last month. Can progress again up in trip.
11-5Nico de BoinvilleNicky Hendersonlocked2.5/13.5/140
365365565 North Lodge
Well related son of Presenting who produced a professional display to see off a pair of previous winners in a close finish at Aintree (17f) in December. Will stay 2½m and open to further progress.
11-5A P HeskinAlan Kinglocked5/16.5/130
365365162 A Different Kind
Promising novice who landed both starts in bumpers and maintained his 100% record over hurdles when landing 4-runner event at Catterick (19.3f) 16 days ago. Remains open to further improvement.
11-8Brian Hughes Donald McCainlocked10/110/10
365365516 Picanha
Point/bumper winner who confirmed the promise of his hurdling debut when landing a 21f maiden at Warwick in early December. More needed upped in grade here, but open to further improvement.
11-5Daniel HiskettRichard Phillipslocked20/120/10
365365574 Harper's Brook
£70,000 point winner. Third in a bumper and created a good impression when winning on his 2½m Carlisle hurdle debut in October, but failed to progress up in grade at Sandown last time.
11-5Kielan WoodsBen Paulinglocked28/122/121
There are 6 runners in this race.

Race 8 Cheltenham 16:15 NH Flat Race (Class 1) 17f

125 Mistral Nell
11-2NON-RUNNERLucy Wadhamlocked0
365365734 Hidden Beauty
Kapgarde filly who looked a good prospect when breezing through to make a winning start at Ffos Las in November. That form might not be all that strong, but she has potential.
11-2Paddy BrennanFergal O'Brienlocked2/13.5/175
365365698 Nos Na Gaoithe
Won 9-runner bumper at Sligo on debut in August. Better form when 5 lengths fifth of 12 in Navan listed just over 3 months later. Potential for better again for top yard which won this in 2020.
11-2Mr P W MullinsW P Mullinslocked3.33/12.25/132
3653653221 Flirtatious Girl
From a successful NH family and started well in this sphere last season, making it 2 wins from 3 starts when seeing off 15 rivals in Sandown listed in March. 4 lb penalty but still much respected.
11-6David BassKim Baileylocked5.5/14.5/118
365365487 Nell's Bells
Confirmed debut promise in no uncertain terms when powering away to land a Carlisle event by a wide margin 7 weeks ago. More than capable of making mark at higher level on that evidence.
11-2Brian Hughes Donald McCainlocked5.5/15/19
365365196 Mullenbeg
Placed both starts in points, then cruised through to land a Ludlow bumper in ready fashion earlier this month. Looks a useful prospect for yard enjoying a tremendous season.
11-2Mitchell BastyanMilton Harrislocked8.5/18/16
3653653810 Tintern Abbey
Promising third at Punchestown last spring prior to making a winning start for Alastair Ralph in Ludlow bumper just before Christmas. Yet another in this field with the potential for better.
11-2Nick ScholfieldAlastair Ralphlocked18/118/10
365365473 Fairy Gem
Related to the smart chaser Angels Breath and made the ideal start when narrowly scoring from a poor tactical position at Plumpton last month. Open to improvement with a tongue strap applied.
11-2Jonathan BurkeHarry Frylocked20/120/10
365365849 Notnowlinda
Bought for £85,000 after winning her sole Irish point in November. Pitched in at the deep end on Rules debut but worth keeping an eye on in the betting all the same.
11-2Jack AndrewsDan Skeltonlocked20/128/140
3653652111 Walk In The Storm
Walk In The Park filly who confirmed her debut promise at the second attempt when landing a Newcastle bumper 3 weeks ago. This step up in grade demands a step forward, though.
11-2Tom ScudamoreIan Williamslocked25/150/1100
3653652812 Chic Avenue
Showed promise amidst greenness when third on Wetherby debut but found a course listed too hot on New Year's Day. Yard won this last year but it's unlikely this one will stage a repeat.
10-3Paul O'BrienPam Slylocked50/140/120
365365772 Betty's Belle
Schiaparelli filly who made a successful start at Warwick but seemed to find this grade beyond her when only tenth to Bonttay here a couple of months ago. Others preferred.
11-2Kielan WoodsBen Paulinglocked66/166/10
There are 12 runners in this race.