By Gordon Brown
DONALD McCAIN has two runners at Musselburgh on Wednesday, his first since half a dozen horses from his Cheshire stable tested positive to equine flu which resulted in a six-day shutdown of British racing.
McCain, who revealed on Monday night he had been given the all clear to get going again, is represented by Henry’s Joy in the HGP And Partner’s 800 Homes Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase and The Character in the Introducing Racing TV Handicap Hurdle.”
In a statement the Grand National-winning handler said: “After all the tests coming back negative, we have been told we are back in business. I cannot thank my staff enough for all the hard work over the last few weeks and all my owners for their unwavering support. It means an awful lot.”
Exactly three weeks to the day since his last runner, McCain bids to uphold an already handsome strike-rate of 22 per cent at the East Lothian venue.
Triple champion jump jockey Richard Johnson, who received his OBE from The Queen at Buckingham Palace yesterday, has three fancied rides starting with The Very Thing for Olly Murphy in the congratulations Catch Bissett-Employee Of The Year Maiden Hurdle.
The race in named in honour of Edinburgh-born Bissett – based with Nick Alexander – who scooped the main award at last week’s Godolphin Stud And Stable Staff Awards in London.
Admission to Musselburgh is free both for today and for tomorrow’s extra meeting awarded by the BHA in light of the recent abandonments.
For more information contact Gordon Brown on 07850 258063 for Scottish Racing