Roger Varian's Eton Forever will bid for his second big-runner handicap success on Saturday as the Buckingham Palace Stakes winner will line up in the 29-runner Betfair Summer Double International Handicap on King George day at Ascot.
He showed a great turn of foot in the closing stages to land the Royal Ascot contest and a return to the Berkshire venue is certainly going to suit his chances in what is a wide open renewal of the 7f contest.
Handed top weight for the event having been upped 6lb by the handicapper, the five-year-old will bring an element of class to the race and if he can emulate the blistering turn of foot he showed on the far side in the Buckingham Palace then will be very tough to beat, but there will be an array of classy performers lining up for what is a cracking sideshow from the main event on King George day.
David Elsworth's Bonnie Brae was a sensational winner of the Bunbury Cup last weekend as he romped clear in the closing stages and he will look to follow up that Newmarket success on Saturday and Ryan Moore will certainly be ebullient going into the race, whilst Edinburgh Knight will drop back from Group Three level and is another towards the head of the handicap that warrants respect.
Brian Ellison's Global Village failed to follow up his Victoria Cup win when fourth in the aforementioned Buckingham Palacae Stakes, but he did suffer from finishing alone in the closing stages and if he can get on to the pace is sure to be a notable fast-finisher in what is a devilishly difficult contets for punters to deduce on a stunning card at Ascot.
Of the others, Richar Fahey will unleash a strong battalion with the likes of Brae Hill and Castles In The Air likely to feature, whilst Jim Goldie's Hawkeyethenoo can never be discounted and on his day is a classy sprinter.