Robin Hoods Bay followed up a double at Lingfield with a terrific effort in the Winter Derby at the same track a fortnight ago when second to Farraaj. He beat Cai Shen and Tinshu in the process and collateral form with the winner has him closely matched with today's rival Genzy. Burano has been racing at Meydan without success and was well beaten in a Group 2 behind Marco Botti's Jakkalberry last time. The Newmarket trainer runs MARCRET in this, who was having his first outing since September when below par at Lingfield last month. Last year's Group 3 Huxley Stakes winner will be much straighter today and is fancied to reverse latest running with Miblish and land this.
Burano (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) 7th of 8, 9l behind Jakkalberry (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 4f Grp 2 (1) gd.
Cai Shen (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, ridden and headed entering final furlong, kept on one pace, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Farraaj (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f Group 3 (1) pol.
Genzy (FR) 8-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden to press winner inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Farraaj (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f Listed stks (1) pol in Nov.
Marcret (ITY) 10-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden and some headway over 1f out, never near leaders, 6th of 9, 10l behind Planteur (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f Listed stks (1) pol in Feb.
Miblish 20-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner 2f out, driven inside final furlong, closing on winner towards finish, 2nd of 9, nk behind Planteur (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f Listed stks (1) pol in Feb.
Robin Hoods Bay 12-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway on inner over 1f out, ridden and ran on to go 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Farraaj (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f Group 3 (1) pol.
Tinshu (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on, nearest finish, 4th of 9, 2l behind Farraaj (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f Group 3 (1) pol.