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Racing: Quay to Easter success.

Byline: By Stable Boy

Trainer Richard Hannon can hit the ground running as the 2005 Flat turf season gets under way at Kempton today.

Kings Quay can get the Wiltshire handler off to a winning start by taking the Passport2Sport.co.uk Easter Stakes.

The Montjeu colt will have to defy a 3lb penalty after winning a Listed race last season, but he is reported to have been working well at home and looks primed for this event.

King Quay has some really decent bits of form to his name, most notably when beating subsequent Breeders' Cup hero Wilko in the Washington Singer Stakes at Newbury and if he can put in the same kind of show, he will be hard to beat.

Joint Aspiration brings Group One form to the Passport2Sport.co.uk Masaka Stakes and it will be a surprise if that is not good enough to enable her to make a winning reappearance.

Mick Channon's charge was beaten only three lengths when sixth in the Fillies' Mile at Ascot in September and while she is probably not out of the very top drawer, she does have a touch of class.

The Passport2Sport.co.uk Snowdrop Fillies' Stakes should be claimed by the progressive Tarfah.

This four-year-old Kingmambo filly has been given plenty of time by trainer Gerard Butler and she will be making only her fifth career start todayHowever, she certainly looked to be an improving type last season, being beaten just once in four starts, when the testing ground at Chester was probably against her.

Tarfah rounded off her 2004 campaign with a Listed win at Ascot last September and there looked to be more to come. She can add some further black type to her record.

Away from the Listed action, the Coral Rosebery Stakes provides betting interest for punters and the advice is to look no further than the in-form Kew GreenPaul Webber has kept the seven-year-old on the go through the winter and he has been rewarded with decent wins at Wolverhampton and Lingfield.

Kew Green has gone up a stone altogether as a result of his efforts on the all-weather, but he made light of an increased rating last time out at the Surrey track when beating Karaoke by a length-and-a-quarter.

His winter activities should see Kew Green strip fitter than some of his rivals and he may just have the racing edgeBest bet over the jumps at Haydock is Jair Ohmsford in the Red Square Vodka `Fixed Brush' Novices' Hurdle Final Bonus Race.

The Willie Musson-trained seven-year-old has been a model of consistency over timber, winning two of his four starts, with his only defeats coming at the hands of Supreme Novices' Hurdle third Dusky Warbler.

Milton Bradley's decision to send runners on the long trip from South Wales to Scotland can pay dividends, with Whistler set to star at Musselburgh tomorrowA competitive little field has been attracted for the East Sundays Musselburgh Sprint and it is Whistler who can claim the pounds 20,000 event.

The eight-year-old had a busy time of it last season, running well on different surfaces and he has put in fair performances on both his trips to Musselburgh so far.

Whistler really caught the eye when a close fifth to Malapropism over tomorrow's course and distance on his final start last year.

That was a decent run in a good contest, and this could be his day

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King Quay edges home ahead of Breeders' Cup hero Wilko in the Washington Singer Stakes at Newbury
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Mar 26, 2005
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