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Cinders And Ashes: StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle favourite
Trainer Donald McCain is keeping his fingers crossed Newcastle are fit to race as he prepares to unleash Cinders And Ashes in the StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle on Saturday.
The meeting is subject to an 8am inspection due to the threat of frost, but officials are hopeful of the meeting going ahead.
McCain has had the two-mile Grade One in his sights as a starting point for his Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner for some time and while he would have preferred better ground, the Cholmondeley handler is eager to get his charge back in action.
"He's ready for the run, but obviously we're just hoping the meeting passes the inspection," he said.
"The ground is not ideal for him but he's ready for the run and he will come on a touch for it.
"Some of the others have had a run and he obviously won't be 110% for his first run of the year but he had a good gallop last week and we're pleased with him."
Jason Maguire will once again be aboard McCain's runner as the jockey and trainer seek a hat-trick of wins following the success of Peddlers Cross in 2010 and Overturn last year.
Maguire said: "He's in great form. I rode him last week when he did a bit of work at Bangor.
"I was lucky enough to win it the time it was held down at Newbury on Peddlers Cross, then last year on Overturn.