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Double does Rightly for Stuart

By Martin Kelly

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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