Bio: Donald McCain Jnr. had some fairly sizeable shoes to fill when he took over the training licence at Bankhouse Stable in Cholmondley, Cheshire from his father, Donald “Ginger” McCain, in 2006/07. The late McCain Snr. was, of course, the trainer of the legendary Red Rum and a larger-than-life character, who was famously unafraid of speaking his mind, regardless of his audience.


McCain Jnr. is a less colourful personality than his father, but has nevertheless saddled over 1,000 winners and is firmly established as one of the leading trainers in the North of England. Having previously worked as assistant trainer to Luca Cumani, Sir Michael Stoute and Oliver Sherwood, McCain Jnr. saddled his first Cheltenham Festival winner, Whiteoak, in the David Nicholson Mares Hurdle in 2008.


His second Cheltenham Festival winner, Peddlers Cross on the Neptune Investment Managemnet Novices’ Hurdle in 2010, was also his first Grade 1 winner and he has since enjoyed further success at the highest level in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle with Peddlers Cross in 2010 and Overturn in 2011, the Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow with Hollow Tree in 2011 and the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham with Cinders And Ashes in 2012. Of course, he also emulated his father by winning the Grand National with Ballabriggs in 2011.


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