Double delght for Turner

  • Last Updated: January 24 2013, 17:06 GMT

Hayley Turner quickly resumed the winning habit with a double at Lingfield on the second day of her comeback.

Tregoning and Turner: Struck with Homeboy

After finishing unplaced at the course on Wednesday, her first ride since undergoing an ankle operation in November, Turner cruised three lengths clear aboard Homeboy (7-4) in the Lingfield Selling Stakes.

The Group One-winning jockey later doubled her tally by poking Wom (12-1) through a gap in the nick of time in the Follow Us On Twitter At LingfieldPark Handicap.

It had taken Homeboy three seasons and 27 starts to finally get off the mark in a similar event on Tuesday's card, and it was rather uncharacteristic of trainer Marcus Tregoning to send one out again so quickly.

"There have been plenty of days where he hasn't run well, but while he is in form, it made sense to go again," said Tregoning, who went to £6,500 at the auction to hold on to him.

Turner said: "He took off with me, more or less! It's nice to have a winner, especially as he hasn't been the easiest of horses."

This Southwell replacement fixture, bereft of bookmakers, spectators and any real interest, did at least see Terry Clement made quick inroads into last year's total as Balti's Sister enhanced her possible options with success on her first attempt on this Polytrack.

The Newmarket trainer's small set-up on the Hamilton Road yielded six winners in 2012 and four the year before, and Clement admitted it was a risk taking the filly away from Wolverhampton, where she had registered all three of her prior victories under his care.

Given a cool hold-up ride by Robert Winston, the 8-1 shot charged through in the last couple of the seven furlongs to take the Book Tickets Online At Handicap by a steady length and a half.

"She did it well. We were a bit worried coming here, but there are plenty more races for her now and Robert thought she would get a mile," said Clement.

"We had a fillies' race at Wolverhampton on February 9 in mind, but we can think about things now.

"She came from Mick Easterby at the July Sales and I'm pleased her owner Michelle (Smith) has finally seen one of her horses win.

"It's nice to get off the mark. When you go through January and February without one, you wonder where a winner is going to come from."

Another Lambourn trainer, John Hills, featured among the winners on Wednesday and again in another maiden 24 hours later.

His filly Dangerous Ace (7-2) shaped well on her debut over course and distance three weeks earlier and was delivered to lead near the line of the Maiden Stakes by the assiduous Joe Fanning, preventing a 66-1 upset by Derek Shaw's Twist And Twirl.

Hills' assistant Henry Tett said: "We haven't done a lot with her, but she's a speedy filly and the penny has clearly dropped."

David Evans eschewed the winner's enclosure despite being present for a solid front-running performance from Black Dave (7-4 favourite), who followed up last week's maiden victory in the Play Golf At Lingfield Park Racecourse Handicap.

Jim Crowley also set the fractions on the Ralph Beckett-trained Hipster (5-1), who took a wayward path but could not be caught in the Crowhurst Handicap.

Picansort came out on top as 5-4 favourite for the four-runner Annual Membership At Lingfield Park Golf Club Handicap.

Owner-trainer Peter Crate, from nearby Newdigate, said: "We'll keep him ticking along for now and he'll come back here on February 9, for either the Blue Square series race or the higher-grade five-furlong handicap."

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