There are few trainers with bigger shoes to fill than Donald McCain. The son of enigmatic trainer, Ginger, who achieved global plaudits with wonder horse, Red Rum, Donald took an interest in horses from an early age. Having watched his father achieve incredible feats on the racecourse, including Red Rum’s unprecedented triple Grand National success, Donald impressed as a jockey before turning his hand to training.
Having gained experience from training maestros, including Sir Michael Stoute and Luca Cumani, Donald took over his father’s license in 2006, relocating to Cholmondeley. Shortly after taking over the yard, Donald celebrated his first win, and he has never looked back. He is regarded as the finest National Hunt trainer in the North, but also has an impressive record on the flat. McCain’s most notable wins include Ballabriggs bolting up to scoop the 2011 Grand National and Peddlers Cross claiming first place in the Grade 1 Neptune Investment Novices’ Hurdle.
/ Arctic Cosmos