Eton on his travels again

Eton Rifles is likely to be off on his travels again after a respectable run in the Duke of York Stakes at York.

Stuart Williams' nine-year-old travelled well for a long way before fading into eighth behind Maarek in the Group Two.

Part-owned by Liverpool and England footballer Glen Johnson, four of his 10 career wins have come in France and the Prix du Gros-Chene, in which he was fourth in 2012, is an option.

"He's come out of the race absolutely fine and he ran really well to a point," said Williams.

"It was funny old ground on Wednesday. Considering how many good sprinters were in the race, they finished so strung out.

"Our horse ran a good race to the two-furlong pole and then the leaders pulled away when he got a bit tired.

"We had a great day as it's the first time we've managed to get all the owners there to watch him run.

"The first two are Group One winners, so it was a very strong race and we might go back abroad with our horse now.

"I've entered him for the Prix de Gros-Chene on French Derby day, but I think it's more likely we'll try to find a Listed race for him somewhere."