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Donald McCain becomes first UK trainer to reach 100 winners this season

Tuesday: Newcastle

Donald McCain became the first UK trainer to hit the milestone of 100 winners in Britain this season when Cenotice won a thrilling three-way finish to the 2m½f handicap chase.

Little separated the five-year-old, Treshnish and Gallic Geordie at the final fence and on the run-in, but Cenotice dug deep to prevail by a nose – with Gallic Geordie the same distance back in third – to give McCain the fifth century of his training career and his first since the 2013-14 season.

McCain said: "We're quietly chuffed to be honest. We had no masterplan to train lots of winners or do anything special, but I've got a wonderful bunch of horses who have nice owners and as good a group of staff you could hope for.

"It's a great credit to them. If you surround yourself with nice people, then good things happen; everyone works their socks off."

The Cheshire trainer narrowly pipped Paul Nicholls, who remains on 99 winners, to the century bragging rights, but originally thought the landmark celebrations had to be put on hold.

"As I watched it live I thought we hadn't got there, but when they showed the slow-motion replay I thought we had half a chance. It was a great finish to be involved in and you don't see many finishes like that," he said.

"At the start of the season I hoped it'd be nice to get 100 again, but to do it now is a surprise. It's sneaked up on us, but it's lovely and a mark of how hard everyone has worked."

Hughes nears personal best

Brian Hughes edged closer to a personal best tally for a season – 146 in 2018-19 – and the jockeys' title after landing a double on Ri Na Farraige for Richard Fahey in the opening bumper, and bookended it with odds-on Lady Adare in the final race, the mares' novice hurdle, for Harry Fry.

His tally of 138 winners is 62 more than second-placed jockey Sam Twiston-Davies.

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