Rifles fired up for Ascot return
Eton Rifles is in line to make his delayed seasonal comeback in the Macquarie Group Rous Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.
Trained by Stuart Williams for the last two seasons, he has won over £250,000 in prize-money and ended the 2012 campaign in great style.
The eight-year-old claimed the Wentworth Stakes at Doncaster last November, after which he struck in a Listed race at Fontainebleau which he had taken 12 months previously.
Those two races are again uppermost in Williams' mind, but he would love to get a run into Eton Rifles this weekend, as long as the ground is suitable.
"He picked up a problem in the spring and then the ground has been too quick for him recently so we've saved him for an autumn campaign," said the Newmarket handler.
"I'm hoping for a bit of rain before Saturday. He doesn't want it too soft, but just enough to get his toe in.
"I'm desperate to run him, he's still showing all his old dash at home.
"If we get to run him it will set him up nicely for the two Listed races he won at the end of last season, the Wentworth Stakes at Doncaster and then a race at Fontainebleau he has won for the last two years."
Also among the entries for the Listed Rous Stakes are Dutch Masterpiece, Hoof It, Rocky Ground, Angels Will Fall and York Glory.