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Tregoning adopting a softly softly approach after back to back wins for Quietness

WHITSBURY trainer Marcus Tregoning is adopting a softly softly approach with Quietness who gained back to back wins at Salisbury this week. The Bated Breath filly was placed in her four races for George Baker last season before being transferred by owner Andrew Walpole in the new year, and belied a 221 day absence from the track by winning on her seasonal debut at Windsor last month when she was delivered to challenge a furlong out and lead close home in a 12 furlong handicap. However, Tregoning was not surprised by the outcome. "I thought she would win." Quietness was sent off the 5/2 favourite for a better class handicap at Salisbury on Tuesday when, despite being bumped at the start and taking a keen hold, Oisin Murphy was able to set a fairly sedate pace before increasing the tempo three out and just held on to beat the fast-finishing Alhattan - to whom she was conceding 7lbs - by a short head to give Walpole a birthday winner. Tregoning believes there is more to come from the filly but will take his time to upgrade her. "She's a late maturing type and I think a lot of her," he said by way of a compliment. "She's very straightforward. She's on an upward curve and was given a great ride by Oisin. She is progressing but we will not rush her. We will take things step by step and I have no firm plans for her, but I think she may get further in time."

Beckett keeps up the good work with Salisbury double

IF it's October at Salisbury, then it must be Ralph Beckett. At last year's corresponding meeting, he sent out four winners and yesterday he notched a double with the beautifully bred La Pasionaria in the opening one mile juvenile race and Palmar Bay returning from a series of small setbacks to grab a seven furlong maiden, giving the Kimpton Down yard some consolation for the career-ending injury stable star Westover suffered in the Arc on Sunday.

'We are pleased with that': Cambridge wins one mile maiden

 great man didn't appear, there again no one really expected him to do so. Eighteen years had passed since Aidan O'Brien saddled a runner at Salisbury, his last being Dylan Thomas, subsequent winner of the Irish Derby and Champion Stakes, who ran in the Autumn Stakes, ironically a meeting re-routed from Ascot because of major construction work there.