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Cloudy takes Hunters title

Thu, 12 April 2012

On the day when the statue of an Aintree legend the late Ginger McCain was unveiled, his son Donald sent out Cloudy Lane to win the John Smith's Fox Hunters' Chase over the Grand National fences.

The 4-1 joint-favourite, ridden by Richard Harding and carrying the colours of Trevor Hemmings, collared Sam Waley-Cohen on Roulez Cool after two out to land the spoils by two and three-quarter lengths.

Herons Well stayed on to get third place, a further two and a quarter lengths away.

McCain said: "He was the first horse Trevor Hemmings sent us and he's won every race we wanted to win, Kim Muir, Grimthorpe, Red Square Final, Tommy Whittle, he's won them all.

"He had a problem last year so we didn't know what to do so we went this route. He loves his job and he's like a four-year-old at home. We weren't happy with him at the beginning of the week and we weren't going to run him but my head-girl has done a fantastic job.

"It's great to see the old horse back, Aintree is special to us as a family."

Harding added: "He's been round here before and he gave me a brilliant spin. He jumped, travelled really well and I gave him a breather turning in. He was actually idling in front but he jumped for fun and loved it.

"The plan was to just sit in the rear and take it up two out so it worked to perfection."