Raven’s Corner was purchased as a 3-y-o chestnut colt at the Racing in Dubai Sale in early September 2016 for 135,000aed (c. £28,000) in partnership with Sean Ewing. He joined his half brother Speedy Move, a winner at Jebel Ali for Touch Gold Racing, at Zabeel Stables.
After careful preparation and giving him time to adapt to training on dirt, he made his dirt debut in January 2017 at Meydan, a run stacked with promise as he finished second. He then went one better on his next 2 stats, impressing over 7f against a strong field and then scoring by 4 1/2 lengths over 6f, earning him an official rating of 100.
After a long summer off, the start to 2017/18 season didn’t go to plan. He reared in the gates on his intended return and had to be withdrawn. He got back on track after, notably smashing the 7f track record when winning a Carnival handicap by 7 lengths in February.
Stepped back up to Group company, he was undone by the draw when 7th in the Mahab Al Shimaal on Super Saturday, though it was enough to earn a place in the Godolphin Mile field, becoming the first Touch Gold runner on World Cup night. Again from the worst of the draw, he finished a highly creditable eighth over a trip too far.
Raven’s returned in the Garhoud Sprint in December and shaped very well to finish 4th, having lost many lengths at the start. That run put him spot on for the Group 3 Dubawi Stakes, which he went on to win impressively from Drafted, duly becoming a first group winner for Touch Gold. That took his official total earnings to nearly $300,00o and makes him one of the leading local sprinters of the UAE scene.
Very sadly Raven’s Corner suffered an injury whilst galloping at home in early February, an injury which he couldn’t recover from and he had to be put down. An unbelievably talented, spectacularly fast and magnificent racehorse, he is a huge loss to the syndicate and will be sorely missed by everyone.
Thank you to everyone at Zabeel Racing Stables, Sean Ewing and all of Raven’s Corner’s connections. We are left knowing his last race was his best, and his next would have been even better.