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  • 12:40 williamhill.com 'Supreme Trial' Novices' Hurdle 2m

  • (Registered As The Rossington Main Novices' Hurdle) (Grade 2) £21,200 added 4yo+ 3 ran
  • Winner £12,073 2nd £4,530 3rd £2,268 4th £1,130
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 10.50s
  • Off time: 12:40:34

Full result

12:40 Haydock Park Result 21st January 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Cinders And Ashes 11-8 J M Maguire D McCain Jnr 5 8/13f
Tracked leader, effort 2 out, led between last 2, 2 lengths clear last, ridden out flat, in command when eased near finish opened 1/2 touched 8/13
2nd Double Ross (IRE) 11-8 D A Jacob N A Twiston-Davies 6 7/2
Led, driven and headed between last 2, kept on same pace, ridden and no impression with winner flat, held on for 2nd near finish opened 9/2 touched 9/2
3rd hd Oscar Nominee (IRE) 11-4 D Bass N J Henderson 5 7/2
Held up 3rd and last, not fluent 5th, pushed along 4 out, outpaced next, 8 lengths down when blundered last, ridden and stayed on flat, just held for 2nd near finish opened 4/1 touched 4/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £1.60
Straight Forecast: £2.92 Exacta: £2.00

Placepot: £39.50, Pool: £80388.51, 1484.19 winning tickets
Quadpot: £24.00, Pool: £4963.03, 152.8 winning tickets

Verdict

Amaretto Rose (third in the Supreme) and Peddlers Cross (winner of the Neptune) have won two of the last three renewals of this contest and Donald McCain has high hopes that CINDERS AND ASHES can also make his presence felt at Cheltenham in March with the Supreme the preferred option. Fifth in the Festival bumper 10 months ago, he was unlucky on his hurdling debut at Ascot in November when badly hampered but has now won his three subsequent starts in good fashion. He readily accounted for smart bumper runner Keys at Aintree before winning at Haydock and, while neither race has yet to work out particularly well, this performance adds further substance to his claims. Bar a clumsy mistake at the last - which could easily be put down to a lack of concentration - he impressed with his jumping and was good value for more than the winning margin having been eased down close home. Connections expect him to be better suited by better ground and it's hard to argue with his prominent market position in Tuesday's curtain raiser. Double Ross finished around 15 lengths behind the winner at Ascot before running out a wide-margin winner of an average contest at Folkestone and finishing a 12 length third in the Challow. This drop back in trip was against him and he had no answer to either the class or the speed of the winner and this is probably as good as he is at present. He's a full brother to Mr Moonshine and, like Sue Smith's charge, can be expected to come into his own over fences next season. Oscar Nominee looked to be hating the conditions all the way round and made several notable blunders so it's to his credit that he finished off the race with some gusto to nearly snatch second. He has really come to himself this season having disappointed in bumpers and has a bright future ahead of him with better ground and a longer trip both expected to be in his favour.