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JOHN GOSDEN'S RAVEN'S CORNER SET TO BE A SMART HANDICAPPER
Likeable Raven’s Corner lost out narrowly to Banish after a prolonged duel off the home bend and John Gosden’s three-year-old has run into some smart types in his three career starts.
Having finished fifth on his debut to Castle Harbour at HQ, Raven’s Corner was then runner-up to War Story at Chelmsford.
He should make up into a smart handicapper.
Sir Mark Prescott has his team bubbling just under the surface and Cote D’Azur found only the progressive Toriano too strong under a positive ride from Luke Morris.
Cote D’Azure was an easy winner at Kempton last September and another success looks imminent.
Well supported to land this two-mile handicap but the slow pace was all against Jonjo O’Neill’s gelding, a 2m 4f winner over hurdles at Cheltenham in April.
Furthermore, Matorico found himself in a pretty hopeless position tactically when the pace quickened and was never nearer than his finishing position in fourth.
There will be other days for the five-year-old when given a proper gallop to hunt down.
Brought some useful all-weather form into this competitive one-mile handicap and looked perfectly at home on turf.
Racing keenly and wide, War Story struck the front coming out of the Dip but faded quite tamely into sixth place behind well-backed Chelsea Lad.
It would come as no surprise to see Luca Cumani dropping his three-year-old back in trip, although the lack of cover probably contributed to his capitulation.
Never reached a challenging position after being restrained early in this hot seven-furlong handicap won by favourite Oh This Is Us.
Alqubbah didn’t see much daylight through the final three furlongs and she had shown a good measure of ability previously behind Ridge Ranger (Nottingham), Remarkable (Doncaster) and Nathra (Newbury).
Ed Dunlop’s filly is one to keep on your side, especially with a bit of give underfoot.
Godolphin have a promising handicapper to go to war with this season in Yattwee.
The son of Hard Spun dug deep to get back up and win after being headed by Sir Robert Cheval and this six-furlong trip looked an absolute minimum, especially on the prevailing quick ground.
There should be more in the locker.
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