Donald McCain has not lost any faith in Cinders And Ashes despite his defeat behind Countrywide Flame in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle.
The Supreme Novices' Hurdle winner never looked to be travelling that well in the conditions for Jason Maguire and was eventually well beaten by John Quinn's Triumph Hurdle hero.
It was a rare reversal for the in-form McCain and he is now looking at the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton for his charge.
He told his betfair.com column: "Obviously amongst all the winners it was a shame Cinders And Ashes couldn't make a winning reappearance in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, but I am far from despondent about it.
"Look, he's been beaten, but to my eye he was hating every minute of it on the ground and I think he probably did well to get as close as he did.
"There was absolutely no benefit in him standing in his box any longer - he was ready to run and it was the right race for him - so although he has been beaten, it's not the end of the world.
"I said throughout last season that he would be a better horse on better ground and (Newcastle) was final confirmation to me that he doesn't want it that deep.
"The plan is now to go for the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton - the ground there should be better and, even if it's soft, it won't be anything like heavy going at Newcastle!
"I haven't lost any faith in him and there will be other days for him to show what he can do."
29 July 2014Cotai claims Molecomb glory
Leger hopefuls seek Gordon glory
Sennockian stars at Goodwood
Hannon aims to uphold family honour
He who would be King
Vulcanite spearheads Longsdon raid
Hughes launches double Plate bid
Estimate in Goodwood Cup field
Quick picks off Galway rivals
Lion could roar in Champion Stakes
Time out for Carpenter
Beckett considers Gesture gameplan
Pitt ponders Sir Stewards' run
Bird in full flight for Nassau
Beacon leads Hannon trio
Toormore on Goodwood mission
Star duo head Sussex field
28 July 2014PJA hits out at ERA Cosgrave case
Chopin team wait on softer ground
Options open for Approval
Pallasator states case for Ebor
Custom a cut above
Harty doubles up in Galway feature
Munich Mission impossible
Jinx on a high in France
Cox plays it cool with Kodi
Girl given Lowther target
Burke looking to Curragh
Hanagan hails Taghrooda
Toormore drops in class for Lennox
27 July 2014Beacon shines over Molecomb rivals
Miss skips Galway for Goodwood
Tag crowned queen of Ascot
Muthmir delivers in Dash
Metal proves International star
Sheikh pounces for late score
Kingman poised for showdown
Kleo hits top gear for Cumani
Dettori strikes on Osaila
Bear grills Winkfield rivals
Yorkshire Oaks target for Volume
26 July 2014Taghrooda queen of Ascot
Elleval bids for Pomfret prize
Noble primed for German mission
O'Meara duo going International
Tag team happy to have a go
Telescope reaches for stars
Euro chasing dollar signs
Estimate given Goodwood entry
Pique Sous out for season
Secret chasing York success
Reason aiming to deliver in Dash
Remote on comeback trail