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Racing news Ashes fired up for Champion

Ashes fired up for Champion26th February 2013

Donald McCain is adamant forgotten horse Cinders And Ashes has a "massive each-way chance" in the Stan James Champion Hurdle at next month's Cheltenham Festival.

The six-year-old enjoyed a superb campaign last season, rounding off his year with victory in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, but this season has not gone so smoothly, with a comprehensive odds-on reverse in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle and a fifth place in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton.

He has not been seen since, as McCain has been keen to avoid the prevailing testing conditions this winter.

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