Robin Hoods Bay targets Lingfield prize
Last Updated: 07/01/14 10:48am
Robin Hoods Bay: Saturday option
Robin Hoods Bay is among 19 entries for the £19,000 Ladbrokes Conditions Stakes over a mile at Lingfield Park on Saturday, the second of three Fast-Track Qualifiers for the £150,000 Ladbrokes Mile over the same course and distance on All-Weather Championships Finals Day.
The Ed Vaughan-trained six-year-old enjoyed a fruitful 2013, winning twice on Polytrack before chasing home Farraaj in the 10-furlong, Group Three Winter Derby at Lingfield Park in March.
He also captured a valuable handicap at Haydock Park over the same trip in August, but has not been seen since finishing a respectable sixth to Prince Bishop in the Group Three September Stakes on Polytrack at Kempton Park in September.
Vaughan revealed: "I would imagine Robin Hoods Bay will run at Lingfield on Saturday. He has had a little niggle since his last run and I would be anxious to run him because I think he needs to get a run under his belt.
"A mile will probably be a little bit on the sharp side but it looks like the right race to start him off. He goes well fresh and is a horse who really comes on from one bit of work to another.
"I haven't been able to get the amount of work into him that I normally would, but we will be aiming him at the Winter Derby and Finals Day, so it will be good to get him back up to race speed."
The entries also include South American Group One runner-up Edu Querido and Grey Mirrage (both trained by Marco Botti), recent course and distance winner Galician (Mark Johnston), placed in three Listed contests during the All-Weather Championships, and Royal Hunt Cup fourth Don't Call Me (David Nicholls).
Other notable entries include the consistent Chookie Royale (Keith Dalgleish) and seven-time Southwell victor Dubai Hills (Bryan Smart).