Rules aims for Curragh prize
Views from connections ahead of Sunday's Sycamore Lodge Equine Hospital Loughbrown Stakes at the Curragh.
Forgotten Rules: Runs at the Curragh
Pat Smullen is looking forward to partnering Forgotten Rules on his belated reappearance in Sunday's Sycamore Lodge Equine Hospital Loughbrown Stakes at the Curragh.
The Dermot Weld-trained six-year-old looked as though he could become the dominant force in the staying division after winning his first four starts, but his fortunes changed after finishing third when favourite for last summer's Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.
A swift return in the Curragh Cup just 10 days later backfired and he was disappointing in both the Irish St Leger and when bidding for back-to-back victories in the Long Distance Cup at Ascot.
With another crack at that Group Two contest on Champions Day next month on the agenda, Smullen is hoping he can make a positive return at Listed level this weekend.
"He's in good form and it will be good to get him back," said the multiple champion jockey.
"He hasn't run since Ascot last year, whatever he does I'm sure he'll improve and hopefully we can get him back to Champions Day.
"I'm hoping for a good show and any rain that falls will be in his favour."
Forgotten Rules is the star attraction in a 10-strong field, with Weld and owners Moyglare Stud Farm also represented by recent Killarney scorer Look Closer.
Popular dual-purpose mare Jennies Jewel makes her first appearance since winning the Ascot Stakes at this year's Royal meeting and trainer Jarlath Fahey hopes the run will leave her spot-on for another big end-of-season prize.
He said: "She's had a nice summer break since Ascot and she's in good form.
"She's fit and ready to go. They always improve for the run after a break, but she's as straight as we can get her.
"We were thinking of running in the Prix du Cadran next week, but the weather forecast doesn't look that favourable, so we decided we'd let her run at the Curragh instead.
"She's in both the English and Irish Cesarewitch in a fortnight's time and we'll go wherever the ground looks like it would suit us best.
"We'd love to have a crack at the English Cesarewitch if things worked out.
"Forgotten Rules is the class horse in the race. He's been off the track a while but he's the one to beat.
"If our mare can run into a place and get black type on the Flat, as she has over hurdles, that'll be a bonus."
Other contenders include Jim Bolger's Irish St Leger Trial runner-up Twilight Payment and John Kiely's mare Toe The Line.
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