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Double does Rightly for Stuart

By Martin Kelly

Published 03/01/2014

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 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.

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