Forgotten rules for Weld

first_img Big Orange set a sensible pace in the heavy ground, with Pallasator, Marzocco and Flying Officer not far behind and Biographer last of the nine. The pace quickened half a mile from home as Big Orange and Pallasator tried to make their stamina count, but it was Forgotten Rules who held the aces. The Queen’s Estimate failed to act on the ground and finished tailed off, while Leading Light was one of those hampered in the closing stages but looked unlikely to trouble the winner. Smullen, who was suspended for three days for careless riding, said: “He was always going to get there – he has unbelievable stamina. He was a bit sluggish out of the gates but I was happy with the speed we were going. He was always going to stay.” Weld added: “This has been a lucky meeting for me. I won this race with Rite Of Passage a few years ago and this is a pretty similar horse. “I thought this would be an ideal race for him. He was always going to appreciate the ease in the ground. He’s a Cup horse, for sure.” Connections of Leading Light, this season’s Gold Cup winner, felt a rough race had led to his demise. Jockey Joseph O’Brien said: “The ground wasn’t ideal, but he got hampered at a crucial stage.” Estimate’s decorated career is over after her retirement was confirmed by The Queen’s racing and bloodstock advisor, John Warren. Warren said: “Ryan (Moore, jockey) said it was like a ploughed field out there. It was the same for everyone, but Ryan said she never felt right at any time. The long and short of it is she’s now off to stud.” Pat Smullen brought the Dermot Weld-trained four-year-old with a strong run down the outside in the straight to make it three wins from just three career starts. And despite appearing to cause some interference as the horses started to struggle in the testing conditions, Forgotten Rules (3-1) went on to score by a length and three-quarters from Biographer, with Pallasator a neck away third. Forgotten Rules overcame inexperience to run out a ready winner of the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more