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Down Royal feature is a Fine target for Crawford

By Ron McKnight

Published 05/09/2016

Maze hope: Andrew Lynch, the regular jockey of Fine Rightly
Maze hope: Andrew Lynch, the regular jockey of Fine Rightly

Larne trainer Stuart Crawford has his eyes set on the feature chase at the Down Royal Festival with his stable star Fine Rightly.

Fine Rightly developed into a high class chaser last season, finishing third in the Grade 1 Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown behind Carlingford Lough which was winning the Foxrock highlight for the second successive year for owner JP McManus and trainer John Kiely.

Road To Riches winner of the Down Royal showcase chase in 2014 finished runner-up on that occasion.

Fine Rightly, whose regular jockey is Andrew Lynch, concluded last season by winning the St Patrick's Day feature chase at the Maze prior to his final effort when winning the Grade 3 Imperial Call Chase at Cork with Crawford abandoning plans to run in the Scottish Grand National at Ayr when the going turned faster than suited his charge.

Crawford said: "He's just started back cantering. The last few weeks he was out, he really blossomed.

"There will be a few targets for him this season and I would like to go back to Leopardstown at some point. We've an idea we'd like to go for races like the James Nicholson chase at Down Royal (on November 5).

It might be soon enough for him and it might be soft enough. Hopefully he won't be far away come that time and we'd hope that the ground would be softening up for him at that stage . We might be lucky enough to pick up a Grade One with him."

Meanwhile at Dundalk's all-weather track yesterday, Grey Sky Blue recorded a success for Tyrone trainer Andy Oliver.

The 8/1 shot arrived in the straight cantering and Oliver afterwards confirmed she will be entered for the Ulster Cesarewitch at Down Royal on Friday.

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