09/27/2008 12:00AM

Raven's Pass turns tables on Henrythenavigator


Raven's Pass finally got the better of Henrythenavigator at Ascot on Saturday, fighting off that rival's challenge to win the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes by one length.

Raven's Pass, ridden by Jimmy Fortune, raced in fourth as far as the straight and made his ground on the outside with Henrythenavigator right behind.

Tamayuz took the lead briefly, but Raven's Pass headed him going to the final furlong. The favored Henrythenavigator, with Johnny Murtagh up, tried to challenge and got as close as half a length but was soon beaten.

Sabana Perdida and Tamayuz, the two French challengers, ran third and fourth, but they were well beaten.

Raven's Pass, trained by John Gosden, had run fourth to Henrythenavigator in the English 2000 Guineas and second to him in the St James's Palace Stakes and Sussex Stakes. But Henrythenavigator, from trainer Aidan O'Brien's barn, had run fifth behind Goldikova in the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp earlier this month and may not be as sharp as he was in the summer.

Both Raven's Pass and Henrythenavigator are likely to contest Breeders' Cup races, but neither Gosden nor O'Brien was ready to specify a choice between the Mile and the Classic. With the QE II part of the Breeder's Cup's Win and You're In program, Raven's Pass has an automatic reserved spot in the Mile.

Gosden and Fortune had earlier won the Group 1 Fillies' Mile with the odds-on Rainbow View, who scored by a comfortable 2 1/2 lengths over Fantasia.

A daughter of Dynaformer bred and owned by George Strawbridge, Rainbow View is unbeaten in four races. She is unlikely to run again before next year, although her victory earned a Win and You're In spot in the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Jukebox Jury earned the offer of a place in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf when he beat the favorite, Cityscape, by three-quarters of a length in the Group 2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes., also a Win and You're In race.

He lost three lengths at the start but was soon in touch. Jockey Royston Ffrench twice had to steer him left in the straight, but he ran on strongly enough when clear to catch Cityscape, who had begun to flounder in front.

He won by three-quarters of a length to register his second win in four appearances.

With running times fast all day, Jukebox Jury ran the round mile in 1:40.59, a new 2-year-old best. Raven's Pass completed the same trip in 1:38.94, which was 0.24 of a second off the record set by Henrythenavigator in the St James's Palace.