Rightly set for Down Royal

Stuart Crawford has pencilled in Fine Rightly for his seasonal debut in JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal on November 5.

The great Kauto Star winning the Jnwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal

Should the eight-year-old be making the right signs in the autumn, and if the ground is soft enough, then he could return to action in the Grade One contest over three miles.

Fine Rightly showed he was not out of place at the top level when finishing third in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown in February, with a return to the Dublin track also on the cards at some point.

He ended the last campaign with a convincing victory in the Grade Three Imperial Chase at Cork in March.

"He's been back in about a month or so ago and has just started back cantering," said County Antrim-based Crawford.

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"He was very fat, but he did very well over the summer.

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"We've an idea we'd like to go for races like the James Nicholson at Down Royal. It might be soon enough for him and it might be soft enough.

"He's had a great summer and has done very well, nearly too well. The last few weeks he was out, he really blossomed.

"Hopefully he won't be far away come that time and we'd hope the ground would be softening up for him at that stage.

"There will be a few targets for him. We'd like to go back to Leopardstown at some point as well.

"We might be lucky enough to pick up a Grade One with him. That would be our aim."

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