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Saturday, 19 January, 2019

'Devastated doesn't do it justice' – McCain mourning loss of Clondaw Kaempfer

Donald McCain: "He was a grand old horse"
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Donald McCain was on Sunday struggling to come to terms with the death of stable stalwart Clondaw Kaempfer.

The ten-year-old, a winner over hurdles at the Grand National meeting in 2014, was pulled up with a fatal injury at Perth on Saturday.

"Devastated doesn't do it justice," said McCain. "He was a wonderful servant and part of the furniture at Bankhouse, he will be hugely missed.

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"It happens and it's a tough job but he'd been around a long time and been a very decent horse. Old horses that turn up on the big days and perform as he did are hard to find."

Clondaw Kaempfer was bought for £130,000 after winning a valuable bumper at Fairyhouse in 2012 and went on to score four times for owners Tim Leslie and David Gorton.

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"He won his first two hurdle races and then he was favourite for the Challow and came back with a problem," McCain recalled.

"Tim's a massive Aintree fan and we aimed him there every year – he won the two-and-a-half-mile hurdle there in 2014 and would have won it again three years later but he made a bad mistake at the last.

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"He was a grand old horse, Adrian Lane used to ride him every day and even up to this week he was still just about the best work horse at the place. You could set your watch by him. He had a lot of problems along the way but his work was always very solid."

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