All-weather specialist Robin Hoods Bay has been retired after suffering a tendon injury on his comeback race of the season at Kempton Park on Saturday.
The injury comes as a blow to trainer Ed Vaughan and owner Alan Pickering after the gelding’s terrific campaign last season which was highlighted by victory in the Group 3 Winter Derby Stakes at Lingfield.
The son of Motivator followed up with a close third in the valuable Coral Easter Classic Middle Distance Championship at the inaugural All-Weather Championships Finals Day on Good Friday this year.
“It’s a real shame as he was a stalwart for us through the winters and we were just starting him off again,” Vaughan said.
“He’s strained a tendon but hopefully we can get him right and get him rehomed.”
In a career spanning five seasons, Robin Hoods Bay won eight of his 29 starts with seven of those victories coming on the all-weather.
In other news relating to the all-weather, the British Horseracing Authority has announced details of three additional twilight fixtures on Tuesday evenings at Kempton Park in October and November.
The Kempton meetings form part of a total of six extra all-weather cards between September 30 and November 4, with the other meetings allotted to Wolverhampton who recently completed the installation of a new Tapeta racing surface.
|Tuesday 30 Sep (AWT)||Wolverhampton||Approximate start time 5.50pm|
|Tuesday 7 Oct (AWT)||Kempton Park||Approximate start time 5.35pm|
|Tuesday 14 Oct (AWT)||Wolverhampton||Approximate start time 5.30pm|
|Tuesday 21 Oct (AWT)||Kempton Park||Approximate start time 5.30pm|
|Tuesday 28 Oct (AWT)||Wolverhampton||Approximate start time 4.40pm|
|Tuesday 4 Nov (AWT)||Kempton Park||Approximate start time 4.30pm|