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totepool EBF Stallions King Richard III Stakes (Formerly The Leicestershire Stakes) (Listed) 7f 9y

  • (4yo+, 7f 9y, Class 1, 8 runners)
  • Winner £25,520 2nd £9,675 3rd £4,842 4th £2,412 5th £1,210 6th £608
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 23.96s
  • Off time: 15:40:26
Full result
Result 15:40 Leicester
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 3 Eton Forever 7/2
2nd 7 Askaud 3 25/1
3rd 1 Breton Rock nse 11/4f
  • Last Updated: April 25 2014, 14:36 BST

David Simcock is praying for heavy downpours ahead of Breton Rock stepping up in class in the totepool EBF Stallions King Richard III Stakes at Leicester on Saturday.

Eton Forever: Makes his return at Leicester
Eton Forever: Makes his return at Leicester

The four-year-old former handicapper has earned the chance of tackling Listed class after landing a conditions event at Thirsk on his reappearance two weeks ago.

The Newmarket trainer is keen to give Breton Rock the opportunity of Listed success, but has his eyes firmly focused on the weather.

"He's in good order. He'll need plenty of rain. If the ground doesn't change he wouldn't run," said Simcock.

"This is another step up in class, but he's ready for it and, as long as he gets soft ground, he'll run very well."

Eton Forever has been a great servant to Roger Varian, giving his handler his first ever winner in 2011 as well as opening his Royal Ascot account the following year.

Though the seven-year-old has twice made a winning seasonal debut, Varian feels his charge might be just short of peak fitness for his return.

"Eton Forever seems in great form. His fast work has been good and he seems to have retained all of his ability," he told www.varianstable.com.

"As he has got older, it has become harder to get him 100% fit at home for his first start of the year and he may just be better for the run."

Professor is already a dual Listed winner and his trainer Richard Hannon believes the four-year-old has every chance of capturing a third.

"Professor has proved a star and has already won Listed races at Haydock and Salisbury, so, hopefully, he can clock up another one at Leicester," he told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.

"This seven furlongs is his ideal trip and he will also relish the drying ground."

Dubawi Sound has been placed at this level, when third to Gordon Lord Byron at York in August 2012 when trained by David Brown.

He is now with Hugo Palmer, who is convinced the six-year-old retains plenty of ability but is more suited taking on just a few rivals rather than the hurly-burly of big-field handicaps.

That appeared to be the case when he was unplaced in the Spring Cup at Newbury on his first start for Palmer.

"Martin (Dwyer) felt after Newbury that the horse wasn't over the moon with being in a big field," the Newmarket handler told www.hugopalmer.com.

"On the way he works with Short Squeeze and Ascription, who are rated 106 and 109, he wouldn't look out of place in that field.

"On the pick of his work, he goes a good deal better than those two. On his best efforts at home, he won't be out of place.

"I just think it's worth dropping him back to seven furlongs and riding him a bit differently and I hope the ground at Leicester will stay quite quick."