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RSA Chase the target for Corrin Wood says Donald McCain

Donald McCain believes Corrin Wood has earned the right to have a crack at the RSA Chase at this year's Cheltenham Festival after picking up three wins from three races over fences.

The £42,000 purchase is also still entered for the 4m National Hunt Chase but McCain revealed he is favouring a tilt at the top staying novices over 3m at Prestbury Park next month.

"We're very happy with him and we've been aiming there for a while with him now," said the Cheshire handler. "The handicapper has given him a mark to think he'll be very competitive at this level so that augurs well."

Although showing plenty of promise when landing a point-to-point success in Ireland and a novice hurdle win at Carlisle, Corrin Wood always looked set to fulfil his true potential once put over fences and so it has proved.

The seven-year-old started out by beating Baby Shine by four lengths at Market Rasen, form which has since been franked by the runner-up going one better in two similar contests himself.

The gelding then created a huge impression when thrashing highly-regarded Jonjo O'Neill inmate Dursey Sound by a whopping 23 lengths on good ground at Catterick, where Corrin Wood made all and demolished that opponent with a bold round of jumping and raw power.

His latest victory at Warwick last month also makes rock-solid reading as he again stayed on strongly from the front to get the better of Black Thunder, who had previously picked up a hat-trick of novice chase wins for Paul Nicholls, including beating Shotgun Paddy in Grade Two company at Lingfield. 

"He was very good at Catterick the time before last, he went a little bit right-handed but he was very good," added McCain. "He doesn't need heavy ground, which is good. Anything around good to soft or even good ground at worst will be fine, so we're looking forward to him."

McCain has sent out four Cheltenham Festival winners, as well as 2011 Grand National hero Ballabriggs, since taking over from his father Ginger, but will be seeking a first RSA Chase success.


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RSA Chase the target for Corrin Wood says Donald McCain

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