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Bumper winner lights up Ascot July at £72,000

WEATHERBYS Champion Bumper fifth Cinders And Ashes realised £72,000 at Ascot sales on Tuesday when returning to trainer Donald McCain in different ownership.

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Donald McCain: relieved to be taking home Cinders And Ashes

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The four-year-old, a dual bumper scorer who shares his granddam with Workforce, was sent to Ascot to dissolve his partnership and McCain had to dig deep to see off a telephone bidder.

"I've had a few sleepless nights about him coming here and it's just a relief to get him home. He wasn't a horse I wanted to lose," said McCain. "There was a dispute between the partners that owned him and one has bought out the other.

"He'll be going back into training tomorrow and I think two mile novice hurdles will be right up his street. He looked like he was going to win turning for home in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham but just didn't last home."

While his £72,000 price tag was the highest in recent times at Ascot's monthly sales, it was not a record for the venue. That accolade remains with the Jacqui Doyle-trained Zanay, who realised £121,000 in April 2001 after a partnership dispute.

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