Rules to show his class
Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen teamed up to land the feature on Day 2 at Royal Ascot, and I think they can do the same today with Forgotten Rules, in the Ascot Gold Cup.
There has been plenty of speculation during the week as to whether the high-class stayer would take his chance on the quick ground but it looks as if ‘Team Rosewell’ are happy to run.
Forgotten Rules made an encouraging seasonal debut at Navan, battling hard to see of the challenge of Answered and he should relish the today’s stamina test.
He has won a bumper on good ground at Punchestown so I’m hopeful he can handle the conditions today and if he does he should have way to much for his rivals.
It looks a poor enough Group 1 if you take the Weld star out; he’s the class horse in the race and also has plenty of scope for improvement, on what will be only his fifth career start.
The Group 2 Ribbelsdale Stakes sees Jim Bolger saddle the exciting filly, Pleascash as she bids to follow up on her Irish 1,000 Guineas victory.
Running in the Godolphin colours for the first time, Kevin Manning’s mount steps up in trip to a mile and a half for the first time, a trip that should see her at her very best.
She was gutsy when landing the Curragh classic over a trip that was proabably shortetr than ideal. I firmly believe that she will improve even more with the step up in trip.
She doesn’t have to carry a penalty for being a Group 1 winner so she races of level weight against horses that look inferior to her. She travels, she stays and she has plenty of speed, she’s my banker on Day 3.
The top two in the market for the Norfolk Stakes are trained by Richard Hannon and have both beaten Tuesday’s impressive Coventry winner, Buratino, so we ought to see another impressive juvenile today.
I was very taken by King of Rooks when he won last time at Sandown under Richard Hughes. He showed bundles of pace and dispatched a good bunch of juvenile’s with ease by five lengths.
Log Out Island was impressive on his only start in a conditions race at Ascot at the end of April and he looks a smart colt also. It looks between the top two in the betting and I’m a big King of Rooks fan and think he will land the spoils under Frankie Dettori, who rides him for the first time.
The Group 3 Tercentenary Stakes looks a tricky one to solve. The only filly in the race, Bocca Baciata is the one the interests me. She was a close fifth behind, Pleascach in the Irish 1,000 Guineas last time out and step back to a mile and two fulrongs will suit her and I think she can go well for Fran Berry and Jessica Harrington.
As with yesterday, two tricky handicaps conclude the card. There’s a maximum field for the Britannia and I quite like the chances of Michael Halford’s Portage.
He was unlucky on his only run of the season at the Curragh on Guineas weekend getting no run only beaten five lengths behind stable mate, Hassanour,
William Buick will be on board and with look in running I think he’ll be bang there on the lightly raced three year old.
And the closing King George V Stakes can go to Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore courtesy of the ninety rated, Dissolution.
3.40 Pleascach 11/10 NAP
4.20 Forgotten Rules 11/4
5.00 Portage 12/1 ew
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