Eton For­ever can be Don­caster belle

The Herald - Herald Sport - - Racing - WHITE AND GOLD

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 Rose­bery Hand­i­cap.

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