McCain on the March – In-form Yard Bid for an Across the Card Thursday Six-timer
Donald McCain’s Thursday Runners Assessed
One stable currently enjoying a terrific run of form is that of Donald McCain. The Cheshire handler has sent out a steady stream of winners in the last fortnight, with the yard’s last eleven runners producing form figures of 10114341223. McCain has six runners across the cards on Tuesday and here at Racing Tips, we have assessed each horse’s chances of continuing the yard’s purple patch.
HART OF STEEL – (1:23pm Carlisle)
Twice a winner last season, the most recent success coming on handicap debut off a mark of 114. Has failed to add to that from his four starts since, but has finished a close second on two of those occasions and unseated early at Hexham when last seen.
Reappears with his yard in form and a mark of 119 shouldn’t be insurmountable. Handles good ground and is one of few in this field already known to their rider.
FINISK RIVER – (1:55pm Carlisle)
Impressive winner of back-to-back novice hurdles at Cartmel last summer, but he is 0-11 since.
Has been running at a fairly consistent level of late, however, showing aptitude for this discipline when third at Worcester on last month’s chase debut.
Likes a lead but the presence of Slanelough in this line-up suggests that may not be possible and the drop back to the minimum trip poses a question mark. Unexposed in this sphere, but will need improvement to trouble the best of these rivals.
SEE THE SEA – (2:20pm Wincanton)
Has benefitted from wind surgery in recent starts, building on a Uttoxeter second when running out a decisive 16l winner at Ludlow last week.
The handicapper has pushed her mark up nine pounds since, but she gets in here off last week’s rating of 114.
Rated 127 at her peak and fast ground suits, so she should be tough to stop if in anywhere near the same level of form as last week.
MALPAS – (2:30pm Carlisle)
Useful sort but has had his jumping issues, falling in three of his four starts over hurdles.
Would surely have gone very close to winning but for falling two-out at Sedgefield last time, however, and connections can be expected to have given him plenty of schooling prior to making his reappearance.
Receives a good chunk of weight from main market rival Glentruan and looks less exposed than that rival, so must be feared this afternoon.
STEINKRAUS – (3:40pm Carlisle)
Ran with credit in his first two hurdles starts but completely bombed out when not unfancied at Bangor last time out.
Respected on his penultimate Worcester third, however, which came behind rivals now rated 111 and 110 respectively.
On that showing, this opening handicap mark of 95 shouldn’t prove beyond him.
ARMATTIEKAN – (4:50pm Carlisle)
Winner at Market Rasen in April and although winless since has run some good races in defeat, most recently when third at Warwick last month.
Shouldn’t be inconvenienced by dropping back to this trip, and he is now down to that Market Rasen winning mark.
Appears to hold solid claims in what on paper doesn’t look the strongest race.