Robin Hoods Bay will try to continue his fine run of form at Lingfield when he lines up in Saturday’s �45,000 Listed coral.co.uk Winter Derby Trial.
The six-year-old ran on strongly to beat Captain Cat over the same course and distance last month, having captured the same race in 2013 before being beaten just half a length in the Group Three Winter Derby itself.
Trainer Ed Vaughan said: “The time of his latest win was very good, which suggests that he will be competitive in a race like this. We had a little issue with him after he ran in September, which is why he was off for a while, and I haven’t trained him as hard this year.”
Vaughan continued: “I am letting each race bring him on this season. Luke Morris got off him after his last run and said that there was a little bit more improvement to come from him. His campaign is mapped out for him – he will run on Saturday, return for the Winter Derby (March 22) and then go for Finals Day.
“It will be his third run of the All-Weather Championships and he should hopefully qualify for finals day with his rating but winning a fast-track qualifier would obviously guarantee us a place. He is in cracking form and hopefully he can run another big race.”
A total of 17 horses have been entered fro the 10-furlong heat, with Jeremy Noseda’s dual US Grade Two winner Grandeur a possible to have his first outing since finishing a close seventh in the Group One Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin in December.
Wolverhampton winner Chookie Royale, along with Lingfield victors Anaconda, Castilo Del Diablo and Modernstone, are all in the mix as they seek a guaranteed place on the bumper Good Friday card.
Automatic qualification for that fixture is also on offer in the �45,000 Listed Compare Bookmakers At bookmakers.co.uk Cleves Stakes. A total of 16 entries include the David Barron-trained pair of 2011 July Cup third Hitchens and Tarooq, Ladies Are Forever and Hoof It.Read the rest of the story British Horseracing Authority News Headlines