Donald McCain Cheltenham 2019 Friday Preview

Updated: 27/01/2023


Donald McCain
Donald McCain

It’s been a fantastic week of racing so far, with Gavin Cromwell winning the Champion Hurdle and Emma taking the Stayers’ Hurdle with the very likeable Paisley Park. I really love the way he goes through his races and he could be at the top in that division for some years to come.

The week seems to fly by so fast and I can’t believe I’m previewing the final day of action already. My banker of the week runs in first and of course, I’m looking forward to running Mount Mews in the final race of the week. He’ll need to improve to feature but fingers crossed he surprises me.

Triumph Hurdle – Sir Erec

I just love this horse since he made his debut over Christmas at Leopardstown. He was a very classy individual on the flat for Aidan O’Brien and has looked very good in two starts for Joseph. I can’t see anything beating him.

County Hurdle – Whiskey Sour

Whiskey Sour

I don’t have an overly strong view in this race as I could have picked 10 and still not got the winner. I’ll go with the tried and tested combination of Ruby and Willie with Whiskey Sour here. We haven’t seen him over hurdles since the Galway Hurdle but I think this race will be run to suit and he must run well.

Albert Bartlett Hurdle – Stoney Mountain

Henry Daly has had his horse in great form recently and I quite like his horse in this. Stoney Mountain has been placed on his last two starts in graded company behind Beakstown and Lisnagar Oscar and I think he might do the business here.

Gold Cup – Native River

It’s impossible not to like Native River and he’s the horse to beat again here. I know the Irish horse Presenting Percy has lots of potenial and looked good when winning at the festival last season. The track was never going to suit Native River at Kempton but with the Gold Cup is run over 3 miles 2 furlongs which will really suit him and I thin he will land back to back Gold Cups.

Foxhunter Chase – Ucello Conti

Ucello Conti

I can’t look past Ucello Conti in this, he’s the class act in the race having won in the last three national. If he turns up here in anything like the form he’s previously shown then i think he will have too much class for his rivals.

Grand Annual Chase – Bun Doran

Bun Doran was an impressive winner of the Bet Victor at Cheltenham in November. Tome George’s horse has been consistent throughout his career and in an open looking contest, he must have a chance.

Martin Pipe Hurdle – Pym


I run Mount Mews in this for Mr Hemmings who is reverting back to hurdles. It’s been a bit of a struggle to get him here after the year we have had but I’d be hoping for a nice run.

I know that Nicky has always thought a lot of Pym and although he probably hasn’t fulfilled the hype as of yet That being said he looked good the last day and is my idea of the winner.

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Donald McCain Cheltenham 2019 Friday Preview

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