Robin Hoods Bay (far right) has not run on turf for a yearPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Vaughan hopeful Robin Hoods Bay can steal Cup
SATURDAY'S 54th John Smith's Cup is the biggest betting race of the weekend and with £150,000 up for grabs it is not just punters who are keen to find the winner and trainer Ed Vaughan is hopeful he has just the horse with Robin Hoods Bay freshened up for the race.
It is a year since Robin Hoods Bay ran on turf and four months since he has seen a racecourse and the five-year-old is a best-priced 25-1 for the 1m2½f heritage handicap.
"Robin Hoods Bay is in great form," said Vaughan. "He had a good six week break and came back looking fantastic. I am pleased with his work and feel he is in the same sort of form as in the winter.
"He is rated 101 and this is a good opportunity to see if he can be effective off this mark. The prize-money right down to sixth is worth running for - it's better than most Group 2s.
"Although much of his recent form has been on the all-weather, I think he is equally as good on turf. His third to Danadana [subsequent Group 3 winner] at Newmarket reads very well and his form in general is very strong.
"In terms of ground, he just doesn't like extremes. Good ground or just the fast side of good is ideal for him. It is a good place to start and I couldn't be happier with him."
Robin Hoods Bay was sent off joint-favourite with Miblish on his last start at Kempton, finishing fourth, less than three lengths behind the horse who has subsequently finished fifth in both the Prince of Wales's Stakes and the Coral-Eclipse Stakes.