The Peter Webb owned McCain was back in the winner’s circle last Friday, after a good victory in the 1200m Benchmark 64 handicap for the three-year-olds at Swan Hill.
Trained by Patrick Payne and ridden by Billy Egan, the Shooting To Win gelding looked in good order, getting home by 0.8 of a length over race-favourite Demando, while Lucky Sham came in third.
Webb has a strong affinity with the track, and was happy to be winning there again, having won the Swan Hill Cup twice with former campaigner, Husson Eagle.
“Husson Eagle won the cup there twice and yeah, we’ve had a bit of luck there,” Webb aid.
Connections shopped around for $10 on most totes prior to the race jumping, and Webb admitted there was stable confidence.
“There was a bit of confidence,” Webb said.
“He got bumped and hit a couple of times at Murray Bridge and he didn’t finish off. Patrick wasn’t unhappy with the run and he said he didn’t take the breaks when he should of.
“Before Swan Hill, they sent the message out that he had trained on well, he was entered in at Edenhope as well, but Patrick thought this was the better option and they considered him an each-way chance.”
The three-year-old that is out of Captivity, has now won three races from 12 starts, and Webb believed he would only get better in the future.
“The penny hasn’t dropped with him. Paddy has had a lot of trouble with him,” Webb said.
“They are trying to give him a bit of hard racing and give him the experience and hopefully he will come back a better four or five-year-old.”