Larne trainer Stuart Crawford had his seventh cross-Channel winner when Now This Is It won an intermediate hurdle at Kelso on Sunday.
The winner also provided Stuart’s younger brother Ben with his first winner under rules and Ben did a superb job, holding his mount up before making progress two out and getting up on the line to beat the favourite Any Given Day by a neck.
There are two other brothers associated with the stable and of his winner, Crawford said: “He was second in the race last year and is even better on the faster ground.
“I think he will like fences.”
The trainer will be chasing only his second winner on Irish racecourses at the 325th Downpatrick anniversary meeting on Saturday week with another of his horses, Adrianeo.
“I seem to have missed out in Irish races and my only winner was in the La Touche Cup over the bank fences at Punchestown two years ago,” added Stuart.
His Adrianeo who was third at Perth in a handicap chase, will go for a beginners’ chase at Downpatrick but before that, Stuart will be hoping that Maoilsa who also won at Perth, will score in a beginnger’s chase at Fairyhouse this Saturday.
“I’ve been very lucky at places like Hexham and Ayr while also winning with Now This Is It and Tony McCoy riding. It would be nice to have him at Downpatrick,” smiled Stuart.