Wednesday, October 26, 2011

McCain eyes Grand National double

Donald McCain is hoping to follow his father's footsteps by winning the Grand National more than once this season with Ballabriggs.

The Trevor Hemmings-owned horse will look to repeat his success at Aintree in 2012 when he takes on the huge obstacles once again.

The last horse to win back-to-back Grand National was Red Rum – trained by Donald's father Ginger. The horse rose to fame and many people's heart by winning the race three times, a record still to this day. People looking at the Grand National free betting should remember this.

If Ballabriggs is to score again in the people's race in April, he will have to carry more weight on his back this time around, a penalty that has made it so difficult for horses to win the contest more than once in the past.

McCain is also training Wymott, Fabalu and Weird Al for the race in 2012 to give himself the best chance of success once again.

Ballabriggs has been installed as the bookies favourite at this early stage of the season, with Oscar Time, Beshabar and Junior all prominent in the market. He could be the Grand National winner again.

McCain may take a different route with his 10-year old this season, and has hinted at more chase races than the hurdle events he used for the preparation runs 12 months ago.

"The whole year for Ballabriggs is geared around going back to Aintree," he added. "These days the handicappers hike their hurdles mark up so there is no great benefit running over hurdles,"

Those waiting for Ballabriggs seasonal reappearance may have to wait into the New Year, as the horse has not had his opening run before January in his last two campaigns.

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