A round-up of the early action from Lingfield

Last Updated: 04/01/14 1:13pm

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Ocean Applause: Came fast and late in the first

Ocean Applause: Came fast and late in the first

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Young apprentice Joe Doyle could be a name to follow in 2014 after continuing his association with Ocean Applause at Lingfield.

The 17-year-old Irishman helped the same horse take a seller at the course on New Year's Eve and this time he came good as 3/1 favourite for the Coral Mobile 'Just Three Clicks To Bet' Classified Claiming Stakes.

John Ryan's four-year-old swept through late to strike by a cosy three-quarters of a length.

Doyle, who is based with John Quinn, and is a cousin of jump jockey Jack Doyle, said: "It's nice to get off the mark for the new year. He's a good horse in this grade and hopefully they can have a bit of fun with him.

"That's my eighth winner. My dad Jim was a jockey for a long time and the plan's just to kick on."

William Buick returned from a Christmas break in his native Norway to guide John Gosden's Joyful Friend to an emphatic success in division one of the 32Red Maiden Stakes.

The 11/4 favourite was a promising sixth on last month's debut and pulled nine lengths clear of the remainder, while the withdrawal of Lil Rockerfeller meant a deduction of 20p in the pound.

Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Saeed H Altayer, said: "She was very green but enjoyed the step up in distance. It's job done for her, as she's well-bred and now very valuable, but you could see her winning again somewhere after that."

Buick looked poised to add division two to his haul but 1/3 favourite Anglo Irish did not quite make it to the line in front.

He was eventually cut down and beaten a neck by the Martin Lane-ridden Fractal, a 20/1 chance who had not provided much inspiration on his first two starts at Kempton.

Trainer David Simcock said: "He doesn't like the kickback so we took him wide all the way. This isn't going to be his surface but he should be a nice middle-distance horse in time."

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