Henry Allingham (15-2 favourite) got the better of Classic Colori (8-1) in the Standing For Success Handicap (Silver Cambridgeshire) at Newmarket on Friday.
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Roger Varian's three-year-old got up late on to deny David O'Meara a double by a neck with Shamdarley (14-1) running on for third.
Christmas Light (8-1) finished fourth.
Switzerland cut out the early pace on the stands' side and ultimately high numbers did prevail with the winner drawn 25 and the runner-up drawn 24.
Though the two highest-drawn fought out the finish Shamdarley did come across the track from stall seven to take third.
Varian's assistant David Eustace said: "We thought Henry Allingham would improve for the step up in trip and I was quite confident today as conditions were ideal. They went flat out on the far side and the near side group just bided their time and once he met the rising ground, he flew.
"He is improving and he is pretty versatile - he has run good races on fast ground and soft ground. I think good to soft ground is ideal and it depends on what the owners want to do, but he might be put away or he is in the sales."