Fine Rightly sets up Crawfords' Ayr double
THE in-form Crawford brothers from Antrim -- trainer Stuart and jockey Steven -- continued their amazing winning streak at Ayr where Fine Rightly and Trucking Along landed a double.
Stuart had enjoyed a brace at Musselburgh 24 hours earlier, and Fine Rightly justified the highly prohibitive odds of 1/10 when making a winning debut over jumps in the opening novice hurdle.
A course scorer on his bumper debut 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 Willie Mullins' Royal Caviar.
Fine Rightly didn't hurdle fluently and 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," said owner Patricia Duffin. "He'll probably run again over hurdles but ultimately his future is over fences."
Trucking Along (5/2) comfortably disposed of the opposition in the two-mile-five-furlong 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.
Trainer Donald McCain and jockey Jason Maguire were also in double-winning form with favourites Swatow Typhoon (4/6 favourite) recording a wide-margin triumph in the novice chase and former point-to-pointer Uppertown Cave (12/5 favourite) galloping clear to land the concluding bumper.