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30th May – Cartmel

Sticky toffee pudding for Team McCain as Raise A Spark wins the 2m5f Beginners’ Chase by 5 lengths in the hands of Brian Hughes for owners R Pattison & R Kent.

Prominent, went second before 4 out poised to challenge on long run after last, led going well entering home straight, shaken up and drew clear last 125yds, readily (op 6/5 tchd Evens)

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27th May – Kelso

William Of Orange wins the Class 3 2m Handicap Hurdle by 7 lengths under stable jockey Brian Hughes in the colours of owners T W Johnson & G Maxwell.

Held up in touch, steady headway before 2 out, led between last 2, ridden clear run-in (op 11/2)

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19th May – Bangor

Ofcourseiwill makes all under Brian Hughes to win the 2m3½f Novices’ Handicap Hurdle by over 3 lengths in the colours of N Hartley.

Made all, quickened into 3 lengths lead 2 out, reminder in 4 lengths lead approaching last, ridden out run-in (op 9/4)

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14th May – Towcester

Mahler Lad wins the 3m½f starsportsbet.co.uk Handicap Chase by 1/2 a length under stable jockey Brian Hughes in the colours of T G Leslie.

2nd until lost place and mistake 15th, left 5 lengths 3rd next, rallied under vigorous coaxing from 2 out, led under pressure final 100yds, all out (op 7/2)

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12th May – Hexham

First win of the new season as Birch Vale makes all to win the 2m Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle by over 2 lengths under Will Kennedy in the colours of Tim & Miranda Johnson.

Made all, pushed clear between last 2, comfortably

Donald McCain Racing

Brian Hughes first choice for Bankhouse

I am delighted to announce that Brian Hughes has agreed to become first-choice jockey for my team at Bankhouse. For a number of years now Brian has been the standout rider in the North of England so this appointment can only be a positive step for the long-term future and security of my business, and in the best interest of my owners, my staff and my horses who have supported us all so well.
However, Brian was keen to stress that he would like to continue to ride for the yards who have supported him over recent years as with the Jefferson family, this we feel should not be an issue.
Obviously, Will Kennedy has been a big part of our success over the last few seasons he has ridden a lot of winners for the yard and hopefully will continue to do so.
I feel very lucky to now be able to call regularly on two of the Norths leading riders and look forward to a long and successful association – Donald McCain
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25th April – Perth

Consecutive wins for Princess Mononoke as she takes the 2m4f Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier For The Northern Lights Mares’ Hurdle Series Final) by 2 lengths under Miss Abbie McCain in the colours of Donald McCain Racing Club.

Took keen hold, held up, steady headway before 4 out, slightly outpaced after next, rallied between last 2, led run-in, stayed on strongly

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13th April – Sedgefield

Princess Mononoke takes the 2m1f Handicap Hurdle by over 3 lengths under Miss Abbie McCain in the winning colours of the Donald McCain Racing Club.

Tracked leader, left in lead 5th, ridden clear from 2 out (op 7/2 tchd 5/1)

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31st March – Haydock

A Saturday 1-2 for the team as William of Orange (stable-mate Chti Balko in 2nd) wins the Class 2 Smarkets Challenger Two Mile Hurdle Series Final Handicap Hurdle by over 3 lengths under Lorcan Murtagh in the colours of T W Johnson & G Maxwell. 

Chased leaders, pushed into 2nd 3 out, driven in close 2nd 2 out, led last, ridden to draw clear run-in, ran on well (op 7/1)

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24th March – Bangor

The good form continues as Knockrobin (Deva Racing) and Same Circus (Penketh and Sankey Jech Racing Club) win well giving Team McCain and Brian Hughes a double at our local track.