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Horse Racing: McCain victory is no Idle Talk.

THE McCain name is the stuff of legend around Aintree and Donald McCain, son of the great Ginger, four times the winning trainer of the Grand National, is harbouring serious ambitions of adding to the role of honour.

A total of 81 horses have stood their ground at the latest forfeit stage for the John Smith's-sponsored showpiece on April 14, with Cheltenham Gold Cup second and third Exotic Dancer and Turpin Green the most notable defections.

The McCain hopes rest with Idle Talk, who was left to jump round the Gold Cup course riderless after parting company with Jason Maguire on his first start for his new trainer since being bought by millionaire owner Trevor Hemmings out of Tom George's yard.

McCain jnr said: "He unshipped Jason Maguire when he was knocked by Beef Or Salmon, but he has come back well and he is coming to Aintree with a solid chance.

"In a way what happened could be a blessing in disguise as he didn't have a hard race, but still went round the course and jumped all of the fences.

"The horse is really well and all we are wanting is a clear round. I am as confident as I can be as he has a solid record."

NEW champion hurdler Sublimity is to be aimed at the ACCBank Punchestown Champion Hurdle on April 27, trainer John Carr has revealed.

There had been suggestions the seven-year-old could be put away for the remainder of the National Hunt season to be prepared for a crack at the totesport Ebor at York on the level, but for the moment those plans are on the back-burner.

"He started back cantering on Monday," Carr said. "He'll be entered for Punchestown and we'll see how we go from there."
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Date:Mar 28, 2007
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