Eton Forever can be Doncaster belle
ETON FOREVER, winner of the Lincoln consolation race last year, can lift the main event itself at Doncaster t oday, t he William Hill Lincoln, on the opening day of the Flat season.
The Roger Variantrained five-year-old is likely to be sent off as favourite for the first big race of the new campaign, but that is entirely justified for a horse who should have a fine year.
The selection adores fast ground and has already demonstrated his expertise here with a convincing victory in the Spring Mile, 12 months ago.
He also signed off for the year with a brave courseand-distance second to Man Of Action, whom he meets again on far more agreeable terms.
There is a slight concern about Eton Forever having to shoulder 9st 5lb, but the last two winners – Sweet Lightning and Penitent – easily carried in excess of 9lb, and Varian’s horse compares favourably with that pair.
The William Hill Spring Mile brings up the curtain on the new season and presents a conundrum.
With no s t a nd- o ut contender this year, Pat’s Legacy is taken to cause an upset. Rookie trainer Jo Hughes adores this horse, who should be revved-up following a John Gosden’s Arctic Cosmos could win the Magnolia Stakes pipe-opener at Wolverhampton, when he raced far too handily from off a frenetic pace.
A s mal l e a c h - way interest in Jimmy Styles securing back-to-back wins in t he William Hil l - sponsored Cammidge Trophy could also be a profitable strategy. The Clive Cox-trained eightyear-old has admittedly floundered since taking this Listed prize, but did not shape up too badly in Dubai this winter.
There’s good racing, too, at Kempton, where Arctic Cosmos is the star turn in the Magnolia Stakes, also sponsored by William Hill.
The 2010 St Leger winner has been given a decent opportunity with which to set the ball rolling for what in-form trainer John Gosden hopes will be a successful campaign.
Sirvino has also confirmed his well-being in Dubai, and could well be the solution to the williamhill.com Rosebery Handicap.