Raucous sets up Stewards' Cup bid

Cowell’s Wokingham fourth back in front at Yarmouth

  • Wednesday 10 July
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Raucous set up a shot at Goodwood’s Qatar Stewards’ Cup next month when making the most of a return to calmer waters at Yarmouth.

After finishing fourth in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot last time out, the Robert Cowell-trained six-year-old took the feature Moulton Nurseries Of Acle Optional Claiming Handicap on Wednesday.

Settled in behind the early pace over six furlongs, the 100-30 shot moved on into the lead just outside the one pole before scoring by a length and three-quarters.

Cowell was not in attendance, but said: “He deserved to win that after his brilliant effort at Royal Ascot. He had been in good form at home, so we decided to take our chance.

“I said to (jockey) Cieren (Fallon) this morning ‘you know him better than anybody at the moment’ – so I left it all to him, and he gave him a great ride.

“He is in the Stewards’ Cup, and that is just his bag. He could probably do with a little bit of rain there, being as it is a downhill track, but he will go straight there off the back of that.”

Victory for the son of Dream Ahead gave the Group One-winning trainer added reason to believe his string is starting to recover from a virus.

He added: “We have been selective with what we have been running, because we are just trying to get over a low-grade virus which seems to be hanging over our heads a little bit.

“Raucous has thrived since the turn of the year, though, and a winner like this gives us encouragement.”

‘Charlie’ McBride might have cursed Rob Hornby for putting up 1lb overweight aboard Intimate Moment – but all was forgiven after a decisive three-length success in the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Auction Stakes.

The Newmarket trainer said of the 33-1 winner: “She has always been a very precocious two-year-old filly.

“I started her off in the same maiden in at Newbury that I started Blue Maiden off in – and she went on to be a Guineas filly.

“Fair play to Silvestre de Sousa, who said six (furlongs) was a bit too far and that we should drop her back to five because she has got bags of speed. “

Sir Mark Prescott celebrated his first winner in 166 days as Land Of Oz (9-2) completed a double for Luke Morris with a length-and-a-quarter victory in the JME Ltd Advanced Inspection Services Handicap.

Morris said: “The plan was to make the running, but they went very quick to the first turn. He was just quite raw when I got there – but he is a relentless galloper, and the strong pace and this track suited him.”

The Ed Walker-trained Immoral (13-2) got the ball rolling for Morris, obliging by a length in the Haven Seashore Holiday Park Handicap.

Fearlessly (5-4) had been out of luck in her four previous visits to a racecourse, but there was no stopping the Roger Varian-trained three-year-old on this occasion as she cleared away to claim the Palm Court Hotel Of Yarmouth Fillies Handicap by six lengths.

Philip Robinson, assistant racing manager to owner Saif Ali, said: “I was a little bit worried, because she was still a bit keen, but then she stayed on very well.

“You don’t know how good the race was, but she can only go and win it like that.”

Raucous sets up Stewards' Cup bid
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