It was a Sunday to remember for leading northern trainer Donald McCain. The master of Bankhouse engineered a magnificent four-timer at Carlisle from just four runners. It is therefore fair to say that it’s worth keeping an eye on him at the moment. McCain’s Carlisle exploits suggest it’s particularly noteworthy that he saddles just one runner at Wetherby on Tuesday. This horse surely has to be considered with the trainer in such flying form.
Gredin has already won this season when scoring in a novice hurdle at Carlisle back in October. Despite the fact that it wasn’t the best race ever, the second subsequently won its next start which boosts the form. He has shown he’s competitive in novice hurdles under a penalty and he was desperately close to winning a second time over an extended 3m1f at Catterick two starts back.
The return to novice company should suit him. He ran well enough on handicap debut at Doncaster in what was a competitive race and the form has been boosted by the second winning his next start. He should find life easier and less competitive in this company and it would be a surprise if he doesn’t go close.
The drop down to an extended 2m3f shouldn’t pose any problems as it’s close enough to the 2m4f trip he won over albeit on an easier track. He certainly looks up to winning under a penalty and may well have found a good opportunity to do so. Regular jockey Brian Hughes is on board having ridden three of the four winners on Sunday.
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