Winter Derby glory for Robin Hoods Bay

Robin Hoods Bay (left) ridden by Luke Morris beats Windhoek (blue colours) ridden by Silvestre De Sousa to win the coral.co.uk Winter Derby during Winter Derby day at Lingfield Park Racecourse, Surrey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 22, 2014. See PA story RACING Lingfield. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Robin Hoods Bay (left) ridden by Luke Morris beats Windhoek (blue colours) ridden by Silvestre De Sousa to win the coral.co.uk Winter Derby during Winter Derby day at Lingfield Park Racecourse, Surrey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 22, 2014. See PA story RACING Lingfield. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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Robin Hoods Bay (left) ridden by Luke Morris beats Windhoek (blue colours) ridden by Silvestre De Sousa to win the coral.co.uk Winter Derby at Lingfield.

The race had attracted several class acts but it was to be won by a six-year-old former handicapper as Robin Hoods Bay provided trainer Ed Vaughan with his biggest success to date. The all-weather specialist had finished second to Farraaj in last year’s race and Vaughan had brought the 10-1 chance to the boil for the Group Three event with three lead-up outings. Robin Hoods Bay was fourth to the 7-4 favourite Grandeur in last month’s trial, and with the market leader managing initially to overcome his outside draw before weakening, jockey Morris found his chief rival to be Godolphin’s Windhoek, who he passed inside the final furlong and beat by three-quarters of a length.

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