Lingfield Winter Derby winner Robin Hoods Bay retired after suffering tendon injury

The £200,000 Coral Easter Classic is the feature race on All-Weather Finals Day at Lingfield on Good Friday.

The £200,000 Coral Easter Classic was the feature race at the inaugural All-Weather Finals Day at Lingfield on Good Friday. Pic: Courtesy of ARC.

By Simon Jackson.

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.

Additional fixtures:

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
Read ‘Horse Talk with Simon Jackson’ at London24 for the latest horse racing news.