McCain Lining up Super for National Duty

Donald McCain, whose family is synonymous on with success in the Crabbies Grand National at Aintree, looks to have another likely candidate on his hands in the shape of promising young staying chaser, Super Duty, a horse who could well be targeted at the 2014 Grand National.

Donald’s legendary father, the late ‘Ginger McCain, famously saddled the mighty Red Rum to win the race three times in the 1970s before adding a fourth success with Amberleigh House in 2004.

Donald took over the stables from his father soon after and has proved himself no less a trainer, duly following in his Dad’s footsteps when saddling the gallant Ballabriggs to a hard-fought success in the 2011 John Smith’s Grand National.

Super Duty, who like Ballabriggs is owned by multi-millionaire Trevor Hemmings, looks just the right type to tackle the challenge of the Aintree marathon, having already proved himself a fine jumper who stays well.

The seven-year-old son of Shantou, runner-up to the top class Simonsig in Grade 2 company over hurdles at the 2012 Aintree Festival, made a fine start to his chasing career last season and has caught the eye of those seeking the best Grand National offers at this early stage.

After finishing second on each of his first two starts over the larger obstacles, Super Duty got off the mark over fences at Cheltenham last December before failing by just a head to beat the useful Goulanes in Grade 2 company at Wetherby in February.

Sent off the well-backed 11/2 favourite for the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival in March, Derek O’Connor’s mount again ran a cracker before being caught in the very last stride by Same Difference.

There’s little doubt that McCain will have the 2014 Grand National very much in mind for Super Duty who is currently available at up to 33/1 in the racing betting lists on Betfair ahead of his first run of the current campaign.