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Team Crawford at the double

Stuart Crawford continued his amazing winning streak when Fine Rightly and Trucking Along 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 and both winners were ridden by his brother Steven,

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 told Racing UK.

"He'll probably run again over hurdles but ultimately his future is over 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 BetVictor.com 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) in the Cheltenham 2014 NRFB At BetVicgtor.com Novices' Chase and Uppertown Cave (12/5) in the concluding bumper.