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Stuart Crawford’s spirits boosted by stunning hat-trick

By Chris Wilson

Stuart Crawford enjoyed a tonic at the weekend with a mixed treble, the Larne trainer presently sidelined with a broken leg.

Jimmy Breekie put a run of placed efforts behind him when winning the bumper at Punchestown having been supported from 7-1 to 7-2 and beating another local runner, Triolet, into second with a couple of high profile contenders filling third and fourth places.

Team Crawford moved onto Louth and the Tattersalls point to point on Sunday when registering a double with the trainer's brother Ben aboard the three weekend winners.

Cool Getaway, owned by former trainer Roy Wilson, made a winning debut to justify favouritism in division one of the four-year-old maiden.

Cullybackey trainer Ian Ferguson landed the second division with the Wilson Dennison-owned Slate House.

The Crawford brothers concluded the meeting when Novo Dawn opened his account in the finale.

Crawford, who sustained the injury in a kick from a horse, said: "It was a good weekend and helped brighten the spirits.

"I'm currently restricted to sitting about with the leg stretched out - it'll be six to eight weeks."

Plans for stable star Fine Rightly, which was entered for the Down Royal Festival feature chase, have been disrupted by the recent fine spell of weather and plans for a trip to Haycock were also abandoned.

Crawford said: "I will enter him for a handicap hurdle at Navan next weekend - he runs well there. The target would be the Grade 1 Lexus Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas."

LINGFIELD: 1.00 Notre Ami, 1.30 Forecast, 2.05 Viking Mistress, 2.35 Billy No Name, 3.10 ROYAL VACATION (NAP), 3.45 Odello.

SEDGEFIELD: 12.10 Pamak D'Airy, 12.40 The Bay Oak, 1.10 Master Jake, 1.40 Discoverie, 2.15 Four Mile Beach, 2.45 Nortonthorpelegend, 3.20 Codeshare.

SOUTHWELL: 11.50 Pancake Day, 12.20 Whipphound, 12.50 High Command, 1.20 Dancin Alpha, 1.50 Cape Dignity, 2.25 Dal Riata, 2.55 Texas Katie, 3.30 Shah Of Armaan.

WEXFORD: 12.25 Toe The Line, 12.55 Guitar George, 1.25 Crack Tiepy, 1.55 Logical Song, 2.30 Daisy's Gift, 3.00 Capture The Drama, 3.35 Sizingdowntherhine.

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