McCain Looks To Champion Hurdle For Cross

Donald McCain charge Peddlers Cross is likely to only have a couple of outings prior to having a shot at the Champion Hurdle after cementing himself among the solid challengers after his victory in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday.



"I'd have thought a couple more races before the Champion Hurdle, no more than that. We might go to Aintree as well afterwards so we don't want to do too much in between," McCain said.

"I don't know where to go next. I'd doubt we'd go to Kempton at Christmas because that would be the least likely track to send him to. We might wait until the New Year and send him to Haydock or something like that.

"We need to sit down and see how he is over the next couple of weeks."

"The speed he's got is scary. He showed that in a couple of racecourse gallops and what he does at home every day.

"You do wonder when you go to a race like that whether the ex-Flat horses would have a little more speed than him.

"He's maturing all the time and was very well behaved yesterday. With racecourse experience he's growing up all the time. Probably the drop back to two miles would help with that as well.

"It's just his keenness and wanting to get on with it that would worry us if he stepped up in trip at the moment.

"When Starluck came to him yesterday he picked up again. What he does do is keep winning and that's the what the job's about and we still haven't got to the bottom of him."

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