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  • 14:20 6 Places Eachway Grand National At BetVictor Magnolia Stakes 1m 2f

  • (Listed) £37,000 added 4yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £20,983 2nd £7,955 3rd £3,981 4th £1,983
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 4.18s
  • Off time: 14:20:17

Robin Hoods Bay aiming to steal Kempton prize in Magnolia Stakes

Last Updated: 29/03/13 5:51pm

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Clive Brittain: Confident of a big run from Miblish

Clive Brittain: Confident of a big run from Miblish

Ed Vaughan believes Robin Hoods Bay is finally starting to transfer his promising home work to the racecourse as he prepares for Saturday's 6 Places Eachway Grand National At BetVictor Magnolia Stakes at Kempton.

The five-year-old has shot up the handicap this season and went down by just half a length to the classy Farraaj in the Winter Derby last time out.

Vaughan thinks he will take an awful lot of beating back down at Listed level after such a good effort in Group Three company.

"You'd like to think he's got a very good chance," said Vaughan.

"The time was excellent in the Winter Derby, they broke the track record that Planteur set a couple of weeks earlier. I've been delighted with him since and he's got to be bang there.

"This race is the natural progression as he's only effective on Polytrack - that is why he hasn't surprised me at all with his improvement.

"He was working at home like our best horse but then getting beaten when he ran on the grass. Now he's on the Polytrack he's showing us what we knew he could do.

"After this his options will be fairly limited. He'll have a long break then we'd be looking at something like the September Stakes and then he'll be going out to Dubai I imagine."

Clive Brittain's Miblish was just touched off by Planteur in the race that originally broke the track record, and the evergreen handler fancies his chances before stepping him up in class as the season progresses.

"I think he must have a big chance if you look at his last run," said Brittain.

"Unfortunately we had to pull him out of the (Winter) Derby with an infected foot but his work has been very good since.

"He nearly caught Planteur and some are saying he's got a great chance in the World Cup.

"The run will have brought our lad on a good deal. There's not much between any of them on the figures and the only surprise about his last run was that the handicapper didn't put him up to about 105. I suppose the third horse held the form down.

"We ran him in Group Ones last year and I'm sure by the end of the year he'll be running in Group Ones again."

The mare Tinshu was second to 2010 St Leger winner Arctic Cosmos 12 months ago and her trainer Derek Haydn Jones is pleased there is nothing of that calibre this time around.

"Last year it was a penalty kick for John Gosden's horse and we were all playing for second and we managed it," said Haydn Jones

"She's come out of the Winter Derby (fourth) very well, she couldn't be better, but we've been done no favours by the draw on her last few runs.

"When Dane O'Neill won a Listed race on her, he said that she needed covering up, but we've been stuck out wide lately and poor William (Carson) has had no option but to go handy and she raced too free.

"Stall four is not bad this time and if it drops our way she could win, but it's the sort of race you can run seven times and get seven different winners.

"She's easy to train if you're not an idiot. One week can be very different from the next but you can tell by looking at her what she needs.

"After this she'll have a little break and we'll decide what we'll do with her."

Richard Hannon's Cai Shen was one place in front of Tinshu at Lingfield and is another who holds serious claims.

Hannon told his website, "Cai Shen made a pleasing reappearance when finishing a close third in the Winter Derby at Lingfield recently, and, though he has never previously raced at Kempton, he has run well right-handed before and that won't be a problem."

Completing the field are Brian Meehan's Burano, who has been running with credit in Dubai, Ian Williams' Genzy and the Marco Botti-trained Marcret.

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