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RAVEN’S SMASHES TRACK RECORD

It was a memorable evening at Meydan on Thursday night as Raven’s Corner ran out a very impressive winner of the 7f handicap. It finally clicked into place for Raven’s, who had had his issues so far this season, mostly with the stalls.

With Richie Mullen back in the saddle, he was soon in front and recorded some impressive splits as he ran out a 7-length winner over Kimbear, smashing the track record for the trip by nearly half a second. Many congratulations to all owners involved with him, and thanks to Zabeel for having him in such great shape for Thursday.

A $37,000 purchase at the Godolphin Racing In Dubai Sale in September 2016, bought in partnership with Sean Ewing, Raven’s picked up $96,000 for his win, taking his overall earnings with Touch Gold up to $186,000. He’s another fine advertisement to the sale, and we’ll be looking intently at future sales given the proven success we’ve had from them.

The dream now lives on, he’s been raised 7lb up to an official rating of 105 but now will go back into Group company. The Mahab Al Shimaal on Super Saturday in 2 weeks’ time looks the obvious race for him back over 6f. Given the speed he showed on Thursday, the 1f drop back is unlikely to be an issue. Ultimately the aim is to run on World Cup night, and he’ll need to go close to book his place for the big one.

In the previous race of the night, Raven’s half-brother Speedy Move also ran a very creditable fourth back on dirt. In what will likely end up a good handicap, he typically gave his all to run on into the frame, and has now picked up prize money on 4 of his 6 starts this season. He has a couple of options before the end of the season, and remains attractively handicapped on both turf and dirt.

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