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Eton Forever primed for Ascot

On Saturday, Eton Forever will compete in the seven-furlong Summer Double International Handicap at Ascot.
On Saturday, Eton Forever will compete in the seven-furlong Summer Double International Handicap at Ascot.
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On Saturday, Eton Forever will compete in the seven-furlong Summer Double International Handicap at Ascot. Roger Varian’s five-year-old got his first victory at Royal Ascot in June and the Nemmarket handler is looking to build a winning streak.

Varian got his first victory as a trainer with Eton Forever in the Spring Mile at Doncaster in April 2011, and also won in the Buckingham Palace handicap. Tipsters and punters will have a chance to see if the duo can place in this weekend’s horse race.

“He seems to be in the form of his life since Ascot so we're keen to go back. It's the same course and distance where he won, but it will be tougher for him. He's got a 3lb penalty and will be racing off 106,” Varian told Sky Sports. “They put him up six to 109, so it's probably his last chance for a little while in handicaps. Because he's now on 109, we might have to look at other options for him.”

The David Elsworth-trained Bonnie Brae, winner of the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket on Friday, is expected by racing tipsters to be a venerable rival. The five-year-old (13-2 betting odds), mounted by jockey Ryan Moore, claimed the Bunbury Cup despite the soft ground and heavy rain. Bonnie brae took the lead inside the final two furlongs and emerged at the line two lengths ahead of runner-up Captain Bertie (7-1).

Other entrants for the Ascot meeting this weekend include Hawkeyethenoo, George Margarson's Excellent Guest, Brian Ellison's Victoria Cup winner Global Village, Mark Johnson's Van Ellis, the William Haggas-trained Cape Classic and Andrew Balding's Highland Colori.