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Robin ready for Lingfield return

Robin Hoods Bay could have his Winter Derby warm-up in Saturday's Ladbrokes Conditions Stakes at Lingfield.

The mile event is one of the fast-track qualifiers for the Ladbrokes Mile over the same course and distance on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, and trainer Ed Vaughan is also eyeing the Good Friday meeting.

Robin Hoods Bay won twice on Polytrack before chasing home Farraaj in last year's Winter Derby and has been off games since the September Stakes at Kempton.

Vaughan said: "I would imagine Robin Hoods Bay will run at Lingfield on Saturday.

"He has had a little niggle since his last run and I would be anxious to run him because I think he needs to get a run under his belt.

"A mile will probably be a little bit on the sharp side but it looks like the right race to start him off. He goes well fresh and is a horse who really comes on from one bit of work to another.

"I haven't been able to get the amount of work into him that I normally would, but we will be aiming him at the Winter Derby and Finals Day, so it will be good to get him back up to race speed."

The entries also include Marco Botti's South American Group One runner-up Edu Querido, recent course and distance winner Galician (Mark Johnston).