No luck but Turner glad to be back
A review of Wednesday's action at Lingfield where Hayley Turner made her return to the saddle.
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Hayley Turner made a low-key comeback at Lingfield as she finished unplaced on her first ride since recovering from an ankle operation in November.
The Group One-winning jockey had taken an extended holiday in Australia after undergoing the procedure, which was to repair the bone she had broken in a fall the previous year.
Turner did not have much beginner's luck on Prince Of Burma, who could not find a gap in the Blue Square Bet Handicap and closed to fifth behind Al's Memory (3/1).
"The fitness seemed fine. I've been riding out and it's good to be back and in love with the game," said Britain's most accomplished lady rider, who plans to be in action on the all-weather until the Turf season starts.
"I would have liked to have got some more momentum, but it's difficult to say if I would have won otherwise."
The race was won by David Evans' hat-trick-achieving gelding and the equally prolific Luke Morris, who had earlier helped Tony Carroll to land a bit of a gamble.
Although hamstrung by the snow in Worcestershire, Carroll is always to be respected when money comes for his horses and Waving was backed into 9/2 from around 6/1 for the Lingfield Park Median Auction Maiden Stakes.
Waving might have done little in a juvenile hurdle and two outings on the Flat since leaving John Oxx in the summer but his trainer revealed his breathing had subsequently been corrected and he produced a powerful burst to career two and three-quarter lengths away from Story Writer.
"We brought him over from Ireland and he just had a wind operation, which probably helped," said Carroll.
"He was bought to go hurdling and I think he could be quite a nice dual-purpose horse."
Carroll went on: "We have been struggling with the weather, we couldn't do anything so we took a few over to Wolverhampton to work three or four days ago."
Stuart Williams had to bid goodbye to Paphos, who has been an excellent money-spinner for the yard.
After making it three straight wins on the Surrey Polytrack in nine days in the Bet On Your Mobile At bluesq.com Claiming Stakes, the 6-4 favourite was bought by Charlie Hills for £6,000.
"He has won five times in less than a year but would only have won 10 or 11 grand in that time, so it's a sad state of affairs," said Williams.
Keene's Pointe provided a nice performance after a 132-day break in the Play Golf At Lingfield Marriott Maiden Stakes.
The 7/4 favourite had run with great promise on one of his four starts as a two-year-old and has emerged a stronger colt for John Hills, whose small all-weather team are in decent shape.
Irish Dream threw down the gauntlet from the front but Seb Sanders had her in his sights, aiming Keene's Pointe up the far rail and scoring by a length.
"The horses were on their knees at the end of last season and I hadn't run him since September," said Hills.
"He missed his last bit of work, which was a worry, but he doesn't seem to be blowing much and we'll probably give him one more run then bring him back for the summer."
Broxbourne (6/1) avenged her luckless recent outing at Wolverhampton by lifting the Dean Wilson Family Funeral Directors Handicap.
Jockey Joe Fanning said: "She was a bit unlucky last time when she got boxed in. She's game and she stays, she'll get two miles one day."
Another pair having a productive winter campaign are trainer George Margarson and Storm Runner (5/2 favourite), who bounced off the home bend to pip Super Duplex in the lingfieldpark.co.uk Handicap.
Winning jockey Ian Mongan did get a one-day ban for careless riding (February 6).
Robert Tart again showed why he has been receiving such rave reviews with a stylish ride on Amis Reunis (9/4 favourite) in the Get Straight To The Bet At bluesq.com Apprentice Handicap.