The 8-year-old Persian Punch was top Stayer, beating Generic, Royal Rebel and Vinnie Roe. His trainer David Elsworth said: "As you know I'm an imposter, representing (owner) Jeff Smith, whose out enjoying the sun in Australia. I know Jeff would like to be here because he has great affection for this old horse. He's seemingly been running for ever now, he's a fantastic horse and probably not the best stayer there's ever been but he's pretty good! He's very resolute and if he's not the best he tries harder than most so we're all very proud of him. Staying races are more fun races now and there's not a lot of commercial future in Persian Punch because he's been gelded. But he bangs on and keeps going. Half the reason for his popularity is that even though he's a flat horse he's been going around for a few years now and everybody can identify with him. He's been beaten a few times and won a few times. It's not a one-man show, he's been cared for and nurtured by our staff and he's been a stalwart of our yard and we're very proud of him. I'd like to thank Cartier and the Daily Telegraph for their generosity in presenting this award."

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