Our Rodney produces 100-1 shock for Donald McCain at Pontefract

Winner was bought for just £2,500

  • Thursday 27 September
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Donald McCain celebrated a 100-1 shock in the six-furlong maiden for two-year-olds at Pontefract with bargain-buy Our Rodney

Well beaten on his debut four weeks earlier, the gelded son of Canford Cliffs was sent off the joint-biggest outsider in a 10-strong field, but outran both his price and his rivals in division one of the procurementseminars.co.uk EBF Maiden Stakes.

Bought for just £2,500, Our Rodney travelled nicely for Andrew Mullen and was never far off the pace, sticking to his task dourly to wear down Camber close home and score by half a length.

Our Rodney had beaten just one rival at Carlisle last month, when sent off at the same odds – but McCain was not totally without hope.

The Grand National-winning trainer said: “He had plenty to learn, but he didn’t do a lot wrong at Carlisle. He came out a bit slow and was stuck in the middle of the track on his own, but ran a niceish sort of race.

“Did I expect him to win a maiden at Pontefract? No, but I expected him to improve.

“If this place does anything it makes them tough and he stuck his chin out like a pro, which is great.

“I couldn’t get him in the auction races as he was bought outside the ring at Ascot for some reason, so I have to put him in these races.”

Unsurprisingly, Our Rodney’s future is more likely to be over jumps, being with a dual-purpose stable famous for its National Hunt exploits.

“We have every intention of making a three-year-old hurdler out of him next year,” said McCain.

“He’s honest and likeable, but he’ll mature and grew a bit so we won’t overdo him all winter.

“We’ll go again at some point, then get him schooled over the winter and see what we do.

“Today was lovely.”

Our Rodney produces 100-1 shock for Donald McCain at Pontefract
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