Forgotten Rules wins on return
Forgotten Rules remained unbeaten for Dermot Weld on route to a crack at the Ascot Gold Cup with an impressive return at Navan this afternoon taking the Group 3 Coolmore Vintage Crop Stakes under Pat Smullen, returning an 8/11f.
Already the ante post favourite for the showpiece for stayers at Royal Ascot the five year old travelled well into the straight and found plenty in the closing stages to hold off race fit Answered who finished second under Kevin Manning for Jim Bolger.
Bookmakers reacted positively as you would imagine and Forgotten Rules is now the clear 5/2f for the Gold Cup on Thursday 18th June at the Royal meeting.
Dermot Weld was delighted “I was very pleased with the performance and I thought it was an excellent renewal of the race. Two very brave and high class stayers fought it out. Not taking anything away from the second he’s a very good horse.”
“He had the benefit of a run and was getting 5lb so I thought it was an excellent performance byForgotten Rules on his first run back. I’m pleased with the way he handled the drying ground and it augurs well for his future. The obvious logical next step is the Ascot Gold Cup and the only caveat I would have is that he would never want the ground too firm.”
A great jesture from owners Moyglare Stud means that a percentage of prize money earned by Forgotten Rules this season will go to the Irish Injured Jockeys fund and the first payment is in the bank. Fingers crossed there will be more to come from this exciting horse.
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