Big two set for showdown
Round three of Robin Hoods Bay against Grandeur remains on the cards at Lingfield next Friday.
Ed Vaughan's Robin Hoods Bay has met the highly-rated Jeremy Noseda grey twice at Lingfield already this season, with Grandeur comfortably taking the spoils in February's Winter Derby Trial.
A month later in the Winter Derby itself, hot favourite Grandeur was a disappointing eighth as Vaughan and his enthusiastic owner Alan Pickering claimed their most notable success.
They meet again in the Coral Easter Classic All-Weather Middle Distance Championships Conditions Stakes
"I'm very pleased with him," said Vaughan. "He's been cantering and he'll do a good bit on Saturday, but he's a fit horse and he doesn't need a whole lot of work."
At a press conference at Lingfield ahead of the All-Weather Championships, the Arena Racing Company PR and communications director Kate Hills had news from the Noseda camp.
"Jeremy said Grandeur is in great order. He said that Good Friday is the plan and Ryan Moore will ride," Hills said.
"He also said he is hoping Ryan will ride Valbchek in the Sprint."
Also firmly on course for the bookmakers.co.uk All-Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes is the William Muir-trained Stepper Point.
The Group-class five-year-old gave Martin Dwyer a comeback winner from injury when taking the Hever Sprint on Winter Derby Day.
Muir said: "I was quite surprised he won. We thought at the end of last year we'd take him to Dubai but the owner said he wanted to keep him with me for the rest of his life and we gelded him.
"He didn't take gelding very well and he'd only had one breeze before that race. I didn't think he'd do what he did."