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Down Royal: Stuart Crawford in Fine form for glory bid

By Ron McKnight

Published 17/03/2016

King for a day: Diamond King (centre) powers to victory under Davy Russell in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham yesterday after running at the 2015 Down Royal Festival
King for a day: Diamond King (centre) powers to victory under Davy Russell in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham yesterday after running at the 2015 Down Royal Festival

Fine Rightly will do nicely in the feature chase at Down Royal's big St Patrick's Day fixture.

Fine Rightly, with Andrew Lynch aboard, is one of two runners trained by Stuart Crawford, with Yes Tom also engaged, and the Larne handler has his team in excellent form.

Crawford's Legacy Gold - at a whopping 40-1 and ridden by Lynch - was an excellent third in the OLBG Mares Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on Tuesday behind 4-6 favourite Vroum Vroum Mag.

Fine Rightly posted a career best when third last month in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown behind Gold Cup contender Carlingford Lough and Road To Riches - winner of the Down Royal Festival feature, the Champion Chase, in 2014 and a runner in today's Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham.

Crawford also has prospects with Dr Moloney in the Novice Chase however Golden Boot and After Aspen are preferred.

Golden Boot won a three runner event on his chasing debut but After Aspen gets the vote here with the Liz Doyle-trained horse runner-up last time when tackling fences and third over hurdles at the course last month.

The hunter chase is another small field and the Ian Ferguson-trained Bridge End can overcome a lengthy absence to prevail from the hat-trick seeking Goldmineinthesky.

Round Tower impressed when winning his bumper at the track, beating Danielle's Journey which runs at the Cheltenham Festival today for Crawford.

The selection disappointed when fancied at the Festival last year but was runner-up in a superior maiden hurdle at the course last May.

Mount Beckham, trained at Donaghadee by Claire Cannon, looks the one to beat following two solid efforts over hurdles while Illuminati has each way prospects.

The Suzy Barkley-trained Tyrone Tiger can supply a local winner in the Martinstown Handicap Hurdle for claiming riders.

The Strabane trainer last recorded success with the same horse three years ago in the same race at the track and comes into today's contest with two excellent placed efforts at Punchestown and over the course.

The consistent locally-trained Personal Shopper, Benarty Hill, Silver Tara and Boris Boru have place claims but Ard Cregg and Manuka can prove the main dangers.

Colm's Dream, Fureeys Cross, Say It Again and Lisclogher Lad make most appeal in the Silks Handicap Hurdle.

Dixie Lee gets the selection in the concluding bumper to score for local owner Pat Conway who also has newcomer Carmelina engaged.

Debutantes Tullyglush and Kally's Taken represent Crawford and Gordon Elliott - whose Diamond King won the Coral Cup at Cheltenham yesterday after a run-out at the Down Royal Festival in October.

TODAY'S DOWN ROYAL TIPS: 2.00 Round Tower 2.40 Tyrone Tiger 3.20 Colm's Dream (double) 4.00 After Aspen 4.40 Fine Rightly (nap) 5.15 Bridge End 5.45 Dixie Lee

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