Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Eton's the Head Boy at Haydock; Forever Looks the Part for Frankie Dettori Rye House to Bring in Bread

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Eton's the Head Boy at Haydock; Forever Looks the Part for Frankie Dettori Rye House to Bring in Bread

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Byline: i.taylor@trinitymirror.com By Garry Owen

ETON FOREVER can hand out a thrashing to his rivals in the John Of Gaunt Stakes at Haydock today. Roger Varian's seven-year-old has won four times over today's trip, including a course and distance victory here last May on good to soft ground.

Frankie Dettori gets the leg up on the son of Oratario for the first time and the lightly-raced gelding should have plenty more to offer off a mark of 112.

Amarillo landed this prize last year and warmed up for this with a comfortable victory at Munich, but ETON FOREVER (2.40), fift | | (2.40), fifth in last season's renewal, gets the vote. The ground was a lot faster than ideal 12 months ago and he will be much happier on this slower surface.

I believe he's still improving and showed he's better than ever when bolting up in a Listed event at Leicester last month, (third and fifth have won since). Shrewd handler Varian looks after this smart gelding and said after his Leicester win: "Eton Forever suffers with corns and bruising to his feet but with juice in the ground he's pretty good on his day. Seven is his trip and on that evidence he should be up to winning a Group 3."

Ralph Beckett's CUBANITA (2.05) was taking on some big guns when down the field behind Gospel Choir in the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup.

She clearly didn't see out the 1m6f trip but the Selkirk mare had previously beaten Lady Cecil's Noble Mission in the Group 3 John Porter at Newbury and that form looks fairly decent after the five-year-old hosed up from Magician in the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh last week.

With trip and conditions to suit, the mare looks a cracking bet.

Kevin Ryan's sprinters are on fire at present and YORK GLORY (3.15) can produce for Richard Hughes in a hot sprint. The grey ran a blinder to split Maarek and Kingsgate Native in a Group 3 contest at Newbury in September.

The consistent six-year-old looks a sprinter with potential and jockey Hughes can get the best out of him.

Dettori can steer SHAMSHON (3.50) home for Richard Hannon in the Sandy Lane.

A nice colt, he couldn't live with the opposition when trailing in behind Outstrip in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita in November but bounced back in fine style when hacking up at York two weeks ago. …

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