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Moore on the double as Queally shows Touch of class

BRIGHTON handler Gary Moore was in double form at Lingfield as he struck with a 31-1 brace courtesy of Ameeq and Turner’s Touch.

The former is set to return to the National Hunt sphere after winning the Littlewoods Lotto4 0800 500 000 Maiden Stakes by a length and a quarter.

The four-year-old finished fourth on his jumping debut in December, and Moore said: "He was a little bit sick a while back but he was very willing here and now would be the time to start him back over the obstacles."

Moore’s double was completed when Turner’s Touch was involved in the closest finish of the day in division two of the Win £2M At Handicap.

Tom Queally just got the 7-1 shot home by a short head from favourite 11-4 favourite Augustine, with the partnership having been short of racing room in the closing stages.

Neil Callan showed how to ride a race from the front in division one when stacking his rivals up behind him and then going for home over a furlong out on Lowestoft Playboy.

The tactics worked well as the Johnathan Jay-trained four-year-old (6-1) got home by a length from Blue Hedges.

The six-hour journey Rebellion made from Middleham to the Surrey track proved worthwhile when Mark Johnston’s colt made all to take the Betdirect Freephone 0800 211 222 Maiden Stakes under Joe Fanning.

Out of the stalls like a flash, the son of Mozart was always moving well and getting first run on his main market rival, Shamila, was never going to relinquish his lead, winning by half a length.

Barry Island shrugged off a 425-day break to come back with a flourish for trainer David Elsworth and land the Play £1/4M Spot Ball On 0800 500 000 Handicap at 20-1.

Polish Power, trained by Stan Moore and ridden by his wife Sarah, kept up the stable’s good form when taking the opening Play Littlewoods Pools On 0800 500 000 Amateur Riders’ Handicap.

The German-bred 4-1 favourite, who was touched off at Southwell just six days ago, led inside the final furlong and ran on well to hold 66-1 outsider Cemgraft by two lengths.

The Doyle family dominated the finish of the Littlewoods Lotto3 0800 500 000 Selling Stakes with star apprentice James Doyle getting up on Samson Quest, the 2-1 favourite, to defeat his mother Jacqui’s 66-1 hope Christmas Truce, ridden by his sister Sophie, by a neck.

It was the jockey’s 21st winner of his career.

Richard Hughes picked up a two-day ban for careless riding aboard third-placed Rapsgate in the closing Be Lucky @ Handicap.

However, the jockey will be out of action for a total of seven days as the suspension triggered five further days which had been deferred from a previous ban.

The race itself went to 8-1 chance Sands Crooner, who scored by half a length from Pauvic.