Robin Hoods Bay (centre): winning the Winter Derby at Lingfield in MarchPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Robin Hoods Bay set to fulfil promise in Classic
ROBIN HOODS BAY has won a Derby and now bids to add a Classic with trainer Ed Vaughan believing his potential is coming to the surface in time to grab the headlines on Britain's first Good Friday raceday.
Vaughan's all-weather star proved a ready winner of the Group 3 coral.co.uk Winter Derby over 1m2f at Lingfield on March 22 and is now being primed for the inaugural Coral Easter Classic over course and distance on Friday.
The race is one of the features of the inaugural £1 million All-Weather Championships and for which the sponsors make Robin Hoods Bay their 7-2 second favourite to Grandeur, beaten favourite in the Winter Derby.
Vaughan, who trains Robin Hoods Bay for Alan Pickering, said: "A couple of years ago I felt he had a lot of potential but would need time to really make it.
"Last season he showed several glimpses of that potential, winning three times. After another handicap win at Lingfield in January he stepped up to Group 3 level to win the Winter Derby under a fine ride from Luke Morris.
"He came out of that race in superb shape and the aim now is the Coral Easter Classic.
"Whatever happens he'll then be given a short break before we bring him back for a summer campaign. He has to have proper good ground as anything on the soft side or the quick side isn't quite right for him."
Get the latest on Ed Vaughan's team only in Tuesday's Racing & Football Outlook