Vaughan eyes step up for Bay
Robin Hoods Bay could have his next start in the Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor on August 24 after his fine performance at Haydock on Saturday.
The Ed Vaughan-trained five-year-old defied a lengthy absence to win his first race on turf in a valuable handicap, scoring convincingly in a good time.
He will head to Windsor or York next with his ultimate aim being the Dubai Carnival.
"We'll just see how we get on with him, he has a few options," said Vaughan.
"There's a Group Three at Windsor on the 24th or there's the Strensall at York the day before over nine furlongs. He might go to Windsor, he must have genuine good ground.
"That was his first win on turf, although he's not had many runs to be fair. He has always found it easier on Polytrack as he doesn't change his legs and when it's good ground he's the same. If it's fast or soft it's no good.
"He did a piece of work on Tuesday that was brilliant but I couldn't be confident that he'd win off 101. His previous race at Kempton came too soon after the Winter Derby but there were no other options for him on Polytrack.
"A lot of credit must go to his owner (Alan Pickering) who has been very patient. I ran him at Ascot on fast ground last year and he got badly jarred up.
"Dubai has always been the plan this year with him. We'll run him in the handicaps out there, they don't have a big range between top and bottom."
Meanwhile, Vaughan's luckless Dance And Dance will attempt to win his first race in over a year at Newbury on Saturday.
The seven-year-old is likely to run in the Betfred Mobile Sports Ladies Day Handicap, having met trouble in running in both the Bunbury Cup and last time out in the Betfred Mile.
Vaughan felt he came back slightly distressed at Goodwood but there was no lasting damage.
"I've entered him today for Newbury this weekend," said Vaughan. "I don't know if it was too hot for him or something last time because he was very tired after the race yet within 20 minutes he was fine.
"Seven furlongs is fine for him but what he must have is a fast pace. He's also in the big handicap at Goodwood (Betfair Cash Out Heritage Handicap) later in the month along with Redvers, but Redvers might go to Chester on the 30th. He's run well there before so that's more likely for him than Goodwood."