Racing: Rave Reviews brightens prospects for Ouija Board

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Ouija Board's Classic claims were enhanced without her having to set foot on a racecourse after Rave Reviews and Sahool franked her form with a one-two at Newbury yesterday.

Ouija Board's Classic claims were enhanced without her having to set foot on a racecourse after Rave Reviews and Sahool franked her form with a one-two at Newbury yesterday.

The two fillies were third and second behind six-length scorer Ouija Board in the Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket earlier this month. Rave Reviews certainly did the form no harm when beating Sahool by three parts of a length in the Swettenham Stud Fillies' Trial.

The pair finished clear of Crystal Curling and the favourite Winds Of March, who was later found to be in season.

Bookmakers were united in cutting the price of Ouija Board for the Oaks, with William Hill going 8-1 from 10-1 and Coral now just 6-1 from 8-1.

Rave Reviews can be backed at 33-1, but Epsom may not be on her agenda. "There's nothing wrong with her form and when you win a Listed race like this there is only one way to go, and that is up," said her trainer John Dunlop, the father of Ouija Board's handler Ed. "But I'm not sure Epsom would suit her, so something like the Ribblesdale is more likely."

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