Ahern and Dunlop double up

Jockey Eddie Ahern and trainer Ed Dunlop brightened up a low-key card at Lingfield with two winners apiece today.

Jockey Eddie Ahern and trainer Ed Dunlop brightened up a low-key card at Lingfield with two winners apiece today.

Kyle looked to have been found an easy opportunity to get off the mark in the five-runner EBF Maiden Stakes and was duly sent off a 4-11 chance.

However, the six-furlong race did not go according to plan for the Richard Hannon-trained Kyllachy colt.

Attempting to make all under Jimmy Fortune, he hung right turning into the straight, carrying debutant Dunlop's My Love Thomas towards the stand's rail.

And despite receiving a couple of inadvertent cracks across the face from Fortune's flailing whip, the Cadeaux Genereux filly, who cost 155,000 guineas as a yearling, found another gear under Ahern and inched ahead for a short-head verdict.

"She showed a lot of speed early on in the year, but she was a bit weak, so the boss rightly put her away," travelling head lad Burns Hutchison said of the 11-4 winner.

"She would have won more easily if she hadn't have got hit in the face."

Hutchison was back in the winner's enclosure when Jim Crowley, sporting the Ouija Board colours of owner Lord Derby, came with a late flourish aboard Dunlop's Majestic Halo (6-1) to collar Calming Waters in the 10-furlong Winter Ladies Day This Saturday Maiden Stakes.

"She's a sister to Collier Hill and has ability, but she's been disappointing lately and was perhaps a bit unlucky in a couple of races," said Hutchison.

Peter Makin's string is in fine form at present and Ahern completed his brace aboard Cesc, who made most of the running in the one-mile Sid Latham 90th Birthday Nursery Handicap Stakes to win by a length and a quarter from Bajan Pride.

Makin said: "We told him (Ahern) to be positive, because there was no pace in the race and we had a jockey full of confidence.

"He might go further next year. He takes after his dam (Mana Pools), who won over a mile and a half, but we might keep him going on the all-weather for now."

Young 7lb claimer William Buick recorded his third career victory after producing a highly-polished ride to win the Jumping At Folkestone Tomorrow Claiming Stakes with Lordswood (3-1).

The 18-year-old pilot held on to deny Fortune in a driving finish as Andrew Balding's inmate pipped Marine Parade by a short head in the seven-furlong event.

"William is very good for his claim and there are very few jockeys around at this time of year who can do 8st 3lb," said Balding.

Adam Kirby gained reward for arguably the ride of the day when Bobski survived a lengthy stewards' enquiry after landing the Lingfield Park For Christmas Parties Handicap by a head.

The Geoff Huffer-trained four-year-old, stepping back up in trip, overcame a tardy start and was forced to come widest of all off the final bend in the seven-furlong contest.

Bobski proved an uncooperative partner, lugging left in closing stages, and although Kirby switched his whip to his right hand, squeezing up Resplendent Nova in the process, the stewards deemed the interference accidental.

Father and son combination, trainer Jeff and jockey Simon Pearce, combined to win the concluding Lingfield Park Golf Club Amateur Riders' Handicap with Zalkani.

Pearce timed his run to perfection in the 12-furlong event, hitting the front at the furlong marker and powering clear to beat Cormorant Wharf by two lengths.

Pearce, 20, is in his first full season as a jockey having not sat on a horse until less than two years ago.

After watching her son record the seventh victory of his career - all for the Pearce stable - his mother Lydia Pearce admitted: "I thought I was riding him, I felt quite sick.

"He is the sort of horse that jockeys are either brilliant on or a prat on.

"He has got just the one run, one flourish.

"George Baker and Richard Quinn were the connoisseurs of knowing how to ride him and I'm so thrilled that he's won.

"Horses seem to run for him."

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