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Friday 2 December 2016

A fine win for Crawford's Fine Rightly in Cork

Thomas Kelly

Published 28/03/2016 | 02:30

Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to victory in the Dubai World Cup at Meydan Photo: Getty
Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to victory in the Dubai World Cup at Meydan Photo: Getty

Fine Rightly predictably proved far too strong for his opponents in the Imperial Call Chase at Cork.

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Stuart Crawford's high-class eight-year-old had already won at Navan and Down Royal this season and ran an excellent race to finish third in last month's Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown.

The 4/5 favourite to follow up his Down Royal success of 10 days earlier, Fine Rightly moved powerfully throughout in a race run at a sedate gallop.

Andrew Lynch eased the market leader to the front in the home straight and he was good value for the winning margin of 10 lengths. Toon River was best of the rest in second place.

Crawford said: "He's been great for us this season and is learning to settle. The step up in trip is no problem and I'm hoping he'll be an out-and-out galloper, but he also has a touch of class.

"Cheltenham was too quick for him, and I'm happy he's won today. We won't be greedy - there isn't a whole lot more for him this season - that's why I was keen to come here for this, as the ground suited," added the Larne trainer.

"He could run in the Scottish National if there's some moisture, otherwise he could be left off early and brought back in early.

"It's my first winner here and I might come back - it took just under five hours to come, but it will be shorter going home!"

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