Hurdles bid forgotten for Rules

Forgotten Rules appears unlikely to pursue a career over hurdles this winter.

Forgotten Rules (r) won't be in action over hurdles

The Dermot Weld-trained six-year-old was only seventh when bidding for a second win in the British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot earlier this month and connections feel he is unlikely to scale the heights he had promised a few of years ago.

Forgotten Rules was considered for a stint over jumps last winter and was even schooled, but Fiona Craig, advisor for owner-breeders Moyglare Stud Farm, feels he is more likely to stick to the Flat.

She said: "In that ground, I think the run at Ascot is just as good as he is. The year he won the race, the ground was almost unraceable.

"I know probably his best ever run was on fast ground in the Gold Cup (third in 2015), but I'm not sure he'll ever repeat that performance.

"He has been schooled over hurdles before. He jumped fine, but he's not really a natural jumper. I'd say we'll give him a break now and hope for a wet spring.

"Hopefully he might win another Listed race for us on the Flat or something like that."

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