Charity was the order of the afternoon on Variety Club day at Sandown and Raven’s Pass was all heart as he demolished the field in the Iveco Solario Stakes to propel himself to the head of the ante-post 2000 Guineas markets.
Having been touted as a Classic prospect following his Listed win at Ascot, John Gosden’s attractive juvenile is now very much in the picture for next year’s mile feature.
After striding clear under tender handling from Jimmy Fortune, the 11-8 favourite opened up a yawning seven-length gap back to runner-up City Leader, with Gaspar Van Wittel a short-head away in third.
Coral promoted the unbeaten son of Elusive Quality to 7-1 at the head of the Guineas market, with sponsors Stan James offering 8-1 along with totesport and Blue Square, while Cashmans are biggest at 10s.
Gosden said: “I think he’s a good horse. He won his maiden at Yarmouth very well and then went on to win nicely in a Listed race at Ascot.
“He’s moved up a notch winning this, and I think he’ll be a miler for next season, although he will get a mile and a quarter in time.
“He has the option of the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere or the Dewhurst, but I don’t think he will go to the Breeders’ Cup as I see him as a 2000 Guineas and St James’s Palace horse and I don’t think taking him to America would be the ideal preparation.
“I have been lucky enough to win this twice before (with Foss Way and Windsor Knot) but I would say he is in a different league and is different class to those winners.”
Musidora Stakes runner-up Sweet Lilly gained a deserved first victory of the summer when dropped in class under Tadgh O’Shea in the Listed Variety Club Atalanta Stakes.
Despite drifting out to her starting price of 6-1, Mick Channon’s filly travelled sweetly and put the race to bed when kicking on over a furlong out before holding 5-6 favourite Heaven Sent by three-quarters of a length.
Channon said: “Her form was the best in the race and she is a good, Group-level filly.
“The stiff mile here suited she but she gets a mile and a quarter.
“She is in the Prix de l’Opera and those types of races and I hope she stays in training as she could be even better next year.”
Impeller (8-1) needed every yard of the 10-furlong trip to claw his way past Yarqus and emerge successful in a photo-finish to the totesport.com Handicap in the hands of John Egan.
There was a minor sting in the tail for the winning rider as he was hit with a one-day careless riding ban on September 12.
Trainer Stan Moore said of Impeller: “He won for us in Dubai in the spring and will go back there next year, but he is in the Cambridgeshire and will probably run in that first – he has a big one in him.”
William Hill trimmed the first two home into 25-1 from 33s for next month’s totesport Cambridgeshire.
After several unlucky runs this season, Indian Trail got his head in front as Frankie Dettori brought the 7-2 joint-favourite home by a length and three-quarters in the five-furlong Variety Club Handicap.
Trainer David Nicholls stayed closer to his Yorkshire base by attending Ripon, but connections indicated the totesport Ayr Gold Cup would be the next stop - with the sponsors cutting Indian Trail to 10-1.
Day By Day (7-1) continued her rapid progression with a third win on the bounce in the Geopost Handicap.
Trainer Brian Meehan said: “It took her a few runs to get the hang of things but she is doing well now and she might run at Lingfield during the week with a penalty.”
Jockey Loek van der Ham landed a blow for the Netherlands when reeling in 3-1 favourite Prize Fighter to take top honours in the Thameside Gentlemen Amateur Riders’ Derby Handicap aboard Robustian (100-30).
Royston Ffrench also earned his riding fee as he had to roust Indian Days along from a fair way out before scoring at 14-1 in the Capital Engineering Group Nursery.