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  • 17:20 Coral Easter Classic All-Weather Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes1m 2f

  • £200,000 added 4yo+ 12 ran
  • Winner £124,500 2nd £37,280 3rd £18,640 4th £9,320
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack
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  • Winning time: 2m 5.59s
  • Off time: 17:21:11

Vaughan hoping for Bay of plenty

Last Updated: 17/04/14 2:09pm

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Robin Hoods Bay: Winter Derby winner

Robin Hoods Bay: Winter Derby winner

Ed Vaughan is hoping for the same again from Robin Hoods Bay as the six-year-old goes for the jackpot on All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield tomorrow.

The six-year-old showed his hand for the Coral Easter Classic All-Weather Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes when winning the Winter Derby over the course and distance last month.

Vaughan reports his stable ace to be in similar form ahead of the £200,000 centrepiece.

"He's nicely drawn (seven) and he's in as good a form as we can have him," said the Newmarket handler.

"He's the same as he was going into the Winter Derby, so we are just hoping for a good run. Judged on the form he should be bang there.

"He's taking on much the same horses. I just hope for a properly-run race and to get a bit of luck."

His big-race pilot Luke Morris is also in bullish mood.

"I sat on him on Saturday morning and he worked with his regular partner Dance And Dance and I was delighted with him," Morris told At The Races.

"He seems to have come out of his work well. I'm looking forward to Friday with him and he's got a nice enough draw.

"He's not been the easiest to train, but Ed has gradually worked through the gears with him over the winter.

"From his run in the trial to his run in the Derby, he'd left a bit to work on each time. Ed thinks he'll improve again and we're very hopeful."

Grandeur had Robin Hoods Bay back in fourth place when winning over the Lingfield 10 furlongs in February, but was only eighth behind him in the Winter Derby having been drawn on the wide outside.

He is favourably drawn in stall two this time and his trainer Jeremy Noseda is looking to the five-year-old putting the record straight.

"I'm really pleased with him, everything seems A1. The draw and the way we rode him didn't work out in the Winter Derby, a lot of things went wrong that day but we know what we did wrong and we know what we've got to do so we'll keep our fingers crossed," Noseda said.

"The draw made us change our game plan and it took us out of our natural way of running.

"We'll go back to what has always suited and ride him for a turn of foot in the straight.

"I just need him to run his best race and if he does I believe he has the quality to get the job done.

"I know Ryan (Moore) feels there's a job to do as he was upset himself last time. He's a fabulous jockey and I couldn't have a better man on my side."

William Knight accepts Aussie Reigns, who was third in the Winter Derby after a spell in Dubai, has plenty on his plate but reports the four-year-old to be at the top of his game.

"Aussie Reigns is in great order and the plan was always to run in this race after the Winter Derby," said the West Sussex trainer.

"He has done two nice pieces of work and seems in really good nick. If anything, he looks stronger this year since he got back from Dubai.

"He has got it all to do to reverse the Winter Derby form with Robin Hoods Bay, while Grandeur was drawn badly that day.

"He might have finished a shade closer in the Winter Derby with a better run, but certainly wouldn't have won and is the sort of horse that tends to find trouble and run through other horses anyway."

Solar Deity is having his first race since he returned from Dubai and his trainer Marco Botti has no qualms about setting him this test.

Botti said: "He has done really well since he got back from Dubai. His form is very consistent and he's very tough.

"I don't think the trip will be an issue for him around there, I think he should get it well."

George Margarson hopes he will be proved right, having opted for this race with Rebellious Guest rather than the mile event on the same card.

He said: "If it turned into a tactical race it would suit him as he's got that great turn of foot, so if we could get just behind the leaders it would be to his advantage."

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