Wylie looking to the future

Graham Wylie watched Eton Rifles win the totepool Supports Variety Club Conditions' Stakes at Hamilton - but is already looking forward to the jumps season getting into full swing.

The four-year-old gelding missed the cut for Saturday's Ayr Silver Cup, but Howard Johnson found swift consolation in the totepool Supports Variety Club Conditions Stakes.

Eton Rifles was gaining his second success of the season and was ridden for the first time by apprentice Frederik Tylicki.

Johnson's 6-4 favourite had to work for his success, but he is nothing if not a trier and stuck to his guns to get the better of Beckermet by a length.

Wylie said: "We have had quite a good season on the Flat, but we are looking forward to the jumping season.

"Howard does not like summer jumping and likes to have a break between April and September.

"We will start to get going at Perth on Wednesday and Thursday."

Asked whether the recession had had any effect on his racing interests, Wylie added: "To be honest, that has helped a bit as we have been able to go out and buy horses a bit cheaper.

"We will be having runners at Perth this week and we will see how fit they are.

"We have 100 to run altogether, slightly more than last season, and they include about 70 novices.

"I am really looking forward to Tidal Bay coming back.

"He did well two seasons ago but had a few problems last season and they have been sorted out now."

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