Rightly fine to take Kelso chance

Wed 11th Jan 2017, 15:52

photoFine Rightly is led in by owner/breeder Patricia Duffin & Stuart Crawford at Cork last year
©Healy Racing Photos
Fine Rightly is a probable runner in the Royal Caledonian Hunt Handicap Chase at Kelso on Sunday.

Stuart Crawford is likely to let his stable star take his chance in the two-mile-five-furlong contest at the weekend.

The nine-year-old failed to make an impression in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on his last outing and connections are hoping for softer ground for the confirmed mudlark.

The classy staying chaser, who was third in last year's Irish Gold Cup, also has the option of the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock on January 21.

"There is a good chance that'll he'll go to Kelso. If he doesn't go there he may go to Haydock the following week for the Peter Marsh," said Crawford.

"We've basically been waiting trying to get a bit of softer ground for him and hopefully it should be on it's way for him now.

"We'll keep an eye on both meetings but there is every chance he could go on Sunday now at this stage.

"If they all turn up at Kelso it would be a decent handicap.

"I'm not really bothered about the weight he'll carry. The other horses rated in the 150s are rated that way for a reason as they are the better horses in it. I'd be every bit as happy if any of those 150-plus horses didn't show up. It would definitely be a help.

"The ground is probably alright as it is but a bit of rain would help as the race is only two miles and five furlongs.

"If I'm not happy with it, I'll probably wait until the following weekend.

"It was too quick for him the last day in Leopardstown. Maybe if it hadn't been in that grade he might have got away with it. He had never run on ground as good as that.

"He's not a slow horse by any means. On heavy or good ground he goes the same gallop on either. Heavy ground maybe hinders other horses, though, or they struggle on it, but he seems to be able to gallop through it."

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