Double does Rightly for Stuart
Published 03/01/2014 | 01:30
Stuart Crawford continued his amazing winning streak when Fine Rightly and Trucking Along, both ridden by his brother Steven, gave the Northern Ireland trainer a double at Ayr.
The County Antrim handler is having tremendous success with his trips to Britain of late and was supplementing a brace he enjoyed at Musselburgh 24 hours earlier.
Fine Rightly justified the highly-prohibitive odds of 1-10 when making a winning debut over jumps in the EBF "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle Qualifier.
A course scorer on his bumper bow on this same card last January, the six-year-old had been awarded a Grade Two event on appeal at Navan last month after originally passing the post in second place behind the Willie Mullins-trained Royal Caviar.
Trying hurdles in public for the first time, Fine Rightly had to work fairly hard to overcome long-time leader The Orange Rogue by two lengths in a four-runner affair.
"He's a big, galloping horse so it's a good start. It's a lucky track for us and we love coming over," owner Patricia Duffin said. "Ultimately, his future is fences."
Trucking Along (5-2) capped another memorable day for the Larne stable when disposing of the opposition in the Non-Runner Free Bet Cheltenham 2014 At BetVictor.com Handicap Hurdle.
The eight-year-old was always travelling well in a first-time hood and got the better of the pace-setting Makhzoon by three lengths.