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Buckingham Palace Stakes (Handicap) 7f

  • (3yo+, 7f, Class 2, 23 runners)
  • Winner £46,688 2nd £13,980 3rd £6,990 4th £3,495 5th £1,748 6th £878
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 29.68s
  • Off time: 17:40:08
  • Last Updated: June 22 2012, 17:58 BST

Eton Forever (14-1) finally picked up a big prize when landing the Buckingham Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Eton Forever: Won the Buckingham Palace
Eton Forever: Won the Buckingham Palace

The five year old was Roger Varian's last runner of the week and defied a welter burden of 9-8 to run out a length and a quarter winner to become not only his trainer's first ever winner (last season) but his first Royal Ascot winner to boot.

Since winning the Spring Mile at Doncaster last season, the son of Oratorio hadn't really hit the expected heights and had returned a beaten favourite in four of his last five starts.

Everything clicked on the big stage on this occasion, however, as he pulled a long way clear of his nearest rivals on the far side of the track under Neil Callan with Jamesie (16-1) chasing him home, doing best of those drawn high.

Mick Channon's veteran Atlantic Sport (20-1) ran a fine race to fill third while Global Village (4-1f), the subject of a wholesale gamble, filled fourth to the relief of those punters who'd backed him each-way.

Varian said: "He was our last throw of the dice this week as we have no runners tomorrow.

"We were hitting the crossbar and the post, but this horse is such a star.

"He was my first ever winner going back to the start of last season and to be my first Royal Ascot winner as well is just unbelievable.

"This is why we all get up in the morning."

Callan said: "This was my last chance as I'm at another meeting tomorrow.

"A couple of my bankers went down, but you dust yourself off and keep trying.

"This has been a good horse for me and we've probably been getting his trip wrong as he has been travelling too well over a mile.

"He was fifth in the Lincoln and fifth in the Hunt Cup last year but just didn't quite get home. Today he has shown the turn of foot he's got."