The son of Oratorio was Roger’s first winner as a trainer when winning the Spring Mile at Doncaster last April and he has given him another breakthrough success.
Owned by HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah, a long-term patron of the yard, Eton Forever had failed to win since Doncaster but had run some tremendous races in defeat including when fifth in last season’s Royal Hunt Cup.
Roger and jockey Neil Callan had always been under the impression that a strongly run seven furlongs would be his optimum trip and all went to plan yesterday.
Neil settled him in the middle of the pack in the group that raced on the far side. He was travelling smoothly before showing an impressive turn of foot to burst clear at the furlong pole, going four lengths clear of his group.
The runners on the near side were finishing strongly but Eton Forever had their measure and went on to win by a length and a quarter.
Roger said: “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. We thought we had a strong team coming into the week and had hit the crossbar and post. It’s great to get a winner.”
Neil added: “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.”