Stellar field for Fighting Fifth

  • Last Updated: November 13 2012, 16:30 GMT

Rock On Ruby, Cinders And Ashes and Countrywide Flame, the winners of the Champion, Supreme and Triumph Hurdles respectively, are among 14 entries for the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle on December 1.

Rock On Ruby: Has a Fighting Fifth entry

Having been prepared by Paul Nicholls' former assistant Harry Fry when winning the Champion Hurdle, Rock On Ruby is now in Fry's sole care at his Seaborough base.

He was last seen finishing third to Oscar Whisky in the Aintree Hurdle.

Cinders And Ashes could represent Donald McCain, who has won the last two renewals with Peddlers Cross and Overturn.

Countrywide Flame went close to winning the Cesarewitch for John Quinn when he last ran on the Flat.

Also in the mix is Nicky Henderson's Grandouet, who has been off for nearly a year since winning the International Hurdle in December.

Henderson has also entered Darlan and Cash And Go, both due to run this weekend.

Noel Meade's Go Native, winner of the race back in 2009, is also in the mix along with Charles Brynes' Trifolium.

Blue Bajan, Prospect Wells, Get Me Out Of Here and Noble Alan are also among the entries.

"We are delighted by the 14 entries in the race with this year's Champion Hurdler Rock On Ruby, now in the care of Harry Fry, leading a top-class turnout deserving of Grade One status," said Rory Jiwani of Stan James.

"Joining him is Donald McCain's Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner Cinders And Ashes and Triumph Hurdle winner Countrywide Flame, who came so close to winning the Cesarewitch for John Quinn last month.

"Nicky Henderson has three entries in the race led by last year's International Hurdle winner, Grandouet who shares favouritism at 7-2 with Rock On Ruby." Fighting Fifth Hurdle - sponsors bet: 7-2 Rock On Ruby, Grandouet 5-1 Cinders And Ashes, Darlan 10-1 Go Native, Cash And Go, Countrywide Flame 14-1 Get Me Out Of Here 20-1 bar.

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