The former jump jockey won the Scottish Grand National on Hot Weld in 2007 but turned his attention to the Flat shortly afterwards.
Since then he has taken his career tally of winners to almost 900 – achieving 128 in 2017 and 120 in 2018 despite being on the sidelines for a lengthy time with injury..
He enjoyed QIPCO Champions Series glory for the first time aboard Clever Cookie in the 2016 Betway Yorkshire Cup.
He was making the most of a good opportunity as Daniel Tudhope was booked to ride, only to be injured in a fall 24 hours before.
“It’s a massive feeling for me as horses like this for me to ride are few and far between,” McDonald said. “To be able to show that if you give me the animal I can get the job done is a great confidence boost.”
In 2017, he returned to York for more Series joy – landing the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup by a nose on the Andrew Balding-trained Montaly.
And in 2018 he was runner-up aboard Laurens in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas.
He has won three Group 1 races on the imposing filly and will be hoping for even more success on her in 2019.
QIPCO British Champions Series Victories
BCS Career statistics
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