Poetry packs a punch at Kempton

Pure Poetry could attempt to secure two Classic trials in less than a week after providing Richard Hannon with a seventh victory in Kempton's Oddschecker.com Easter Stakes.

Pure Poetry could attempt to secure two Classic trials in less than a week after providing Richard Hannon with a seventh victory in Kempton's Oddschecker.com Easter Stakes.

Although he was the trainer's apparent second string on betting, Pure Poetry was the only horse in the field with a 2000 Guineas entry and may now head for a more serious test in the banshahousestables.com Craven Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday.

The Easter Stakes kicks off a week of informative trials but rarely throws up a winner of real substance itself and after he held off the game Shampagne by a head, Pure Poetry can be backed at 66-1 with sponsors Stan James for the Guineas at this stage.

Sent off at 14-1 against unplaced stablemate Sohcahtoa (4-1), Pure Poetry and Richard Hughes had only a brief moment of worry stuck in the middle of the pack turning for home but wriggled into space in good time.

"It has been a lucky race for me," said Hannon, who took the Easter Stakes five times between 1992 and 1997 alone.

"I knew he needed the run and he had never been round a bend before. I don't know the plan really - I might run him in the Craven on Thursday.

"He won very well at Newmarket last year. Although he is by Tagula, it's all stamina on the dam's side."

All the betting interest centred about Derby and Dante entry Saint Arch but the 6-4 favourite could not maintain his early lead and weakened to sixth.

Showing more obvious Group potential was Born Tobouggie (10-3), who got Henry Cecil got off the mark for the new season in the day's other mile Listed race.

She even recorded a quicker time than Pure Poetry in the Oddschecker.com Snowdrop Fillies' Stakes.

The sturdy filly, part-owned by former England cricketer Chris Silverwood, looks to have progressed encouragingly from three to four years old and made much of the running under Tom Queally.

Cecil's assistant Mike Marshall said: "It's nice to have one in the bag before the Craven meeting.

"We knew she was Listed class - she had been working really nicely at home - and this race worked out perfectly for her. It's down to the boss where she goes next."

A ridiculously cool Shane Kelly angled Forgotten Voice in front right on the line in the Oddschecker.com Handicap, a qualifier for the London Mile.

The well-backed 11-8 favourite had not been seen since winning his only start 535 days previously and trainer Jeremy Noseda said: "Things did not go quite right for him in the race but he's always a horse we have liked and hopefully he can take another step forward."

Jamie Spencer was equally confident with a similar ride aboard Laudatory in the Compare Odds With Oddschecker.com Handicap.

"I don't know how good a race it was but he has a likeable attitude," trainer Walter Swinburn said of the 100-30 joint-favourite.

A drop in class enabled Clive Brittain's Mahadee (7-1) to win the Find The Best Odds At Oddschecker.com Handicap while another to return from a reasonable spell on the sidelines was Something (20-1), a rare winner for jockey Paul Quinn in the Oddschecker.com Casino And Poker Room Handicap.

"We took him to Dubai but he got very sick there and it's a credit to the team for getting him back," reported trainer Dandy Nicholls.

Ryan and Gary Moore combined with Kavaloti (3-1 favourite) in the Tip Star Competition At Oddschecker.com Handicap with Jim Boyle saddling a one-two in the Oddschecker.com HBLB Handicap as Press The Button (8-1) led home Formation.

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