After what seems to have been a completely freak mishap in the stalls last time, Raven’s Corner returns to Meydan tonight in the Group 3 Dubawi Stakes. Everything has gone smoothly with him since, he has passed a stalls exam and he seems in great form. It will certainly be a stern test for him with Muarrab, Comicas and My Catch all now having a run under their belts.
Muarrab was wildly impressive in The Garhoud Sprint last time, racing 5 wide around the bend while maintaining strong sectionals and he looks nigh on impossible to beat if in the same form. The other aforementioned horses could well step up on their efforts and get closer to him but there is an additional horse lurking this time that is looking to capture his FIFTH Dubawi Stakes… Reynaldothewizard.
Reynaldo is a horse very close to our hearts, as Mike Kaye explained: “In all honesty he is the horse that really got me into racing in the UAE. I clearly remember him winning on UAE debut over 1200m with a late finishing surge, and the Meydan meeting where he backed up to win over 1400m was the first of many Meydan meetings that I traded in my previous job in London. Naturally I have followed him very closely ever since and when I moved to Dubai in 2013 and decided to look into having horses in training it was the obvious move to go straight to Zabeel Stables and meet with Reynaldo’s trainer Satish Seemar.”
The rest as they say is history, and now seven years on Touch Gold Racing has a horse lining up against Zabeel’s evergreen Golden Shaheen winner.
“On this very night last season, we were still celebrating Fanciful Angel giving us our first Carnival win when Reynaldo got up to beat Muarrab in the following race. It was an amazing night, one that will never be forgotten, and it would be great if the Wizard could conjure up similar scenes tonight. Obviously this time we have Raven’s Corner in the same race, something we could never have imagined possible over 7 years ago, and it is such a thrill to become part of the Reynaldo story. Let us just hope they both run their races, come home safe and this is the first of many years of Raven’s competing at Reynaldo’s level.
“While we are under no illusions that a win tonight would be fairy-tale stuff for Touch Gold Racing, a creditable 2nd to Reynaldo would certainly be the more apt result. We wish Reynaldo, Satish and Richie all the best, a fifth win in the race at the age of 12 would surely go down as one of the World’s all-time great equine performances.”