Donald McCain Jnr is a horse racing trainer that took over from his father – the famous ‘Ginger’ McCain in 2006. He has been hugely successful in this time and is hopeful of a positive week at the 2012 Aintree Festival.
McCain has almost too many horses in action at the 2012 Aintree Festival to mention. From Across The Bay in the Liverpool Hurdle, to Wierd Al and Ballabriggs in the world famous Grand National, he has plenty of interest. In total, McCain has 38 horses in action.
The fact that McCain has recently been voted as the National Hunt Trainer of the year highlights how the 2011/2012 season has gone for him. The Cheltenham Festival provided a memorable victory at the Supreme Novices hurdle, while Overturn secured a superb win at the Chester Cup.
Even the last two weeks have provided him with six victories, with Jason Maguire – who will ride Ballabriggs at the Grand National – providing five of them. McCain and Maguire are a combination on top of their game and they are much fancied heading into this week’s action.
Previous National successes
You only have to go back to last year to see McCain’s last win at the Grand National. His 11-year-old entry Ballabriggs – who is in contention again this year – secured a famous victory in the 2011 Grand National, coming home by 2 ¼ lengths.
Since this race, Ballabriggs has only competed in one race, but there is no doubt McCain is eyeing victory with this gutsy performer once again. He wants Ballabriggs to become the first horse since Red Rum – who was trained by McCain’s father – to win the race more than once.
To back Ballabriggs to secure a second Grand National victory in succession, you can get odds of around 14/1. McCain’s other entry for the main event is Wierd Al, available as an outsider at 40/1.