Mixed day for McCain
Bewley charge too hot to handle in beginners' chase
Last Updated: October 25, 2012 5:49pm
Carlisle offered slightly mixed fortunes for trainer Donald McCain with Bit Of A Jig's impressive victory and Baltimoar's success providing compensation for a short-priced defeat for Super Duty.
Bit Of A Jig (15-8 favourite) looks the sort to provide plenty of fun for Let's Live Racing, progressing from two Irish point-to-point outings to take the Wheatsheaf Inn Egremont Novices' Hurdle with plenty in hand.
Mark Ball, who runs the syndicate, said: "We wanted to have a horse with Donald and he said he had one that he had bought from Brightwells.
"I went to look at him and liked him. He was bought as a three-mile chaser and Jason Maguire said he does jump like a chaser.
"Jason said he might want better ground, but he keeps on galloping and I imagine Donald will tip away before going chasing next season."
Ball revealed there is still a share left in the Alderbrook gelding, while he is particularly excited about the prospects of the mare Forever Present, who is in training with Nicky Henderson.
Super Duty, second to Henderson's superstar Simonsig over hurdles, went off the 11-10 favourite for the Solway Holiday Village Beginners' Chase but could never quite cope with Bury Parade (5-1), a fine sort for Hawick trainer George Bewley.
Baltimoar (4-5 favourite) closed a productive day for McCain by claiming the Ellenborough Social Club Standard Open NH Flat Race.