Trainer Dermot Weld suggests Forgotten Rules is ready for Royal Ascot and is a leading contender for the Gold Cup this year.
Forgotten Rules turned in a great performance in the Vintage Crop Stakes, a Group Three at Navan – his first appearance of the season.
“I thought it was an excellent performance by Forgotten Rules on his first run back,” commented Weld.
“I’m pleased with the way he handled the drying ground and it augurs well for his future. The obvious logical next step is Ascot.”
Another contender is the Michael Owen-owned Brown Panther. He finished third in last year’s renewal but has gone on to record some impressive results, including victory in the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan in March, followed by a creditable second place in the Group Two Yorkshire Cup at York earlier this month, under a penalty.
"Obviously if the ground is good or softer Forgotten Rules is a big worry but Mr Weld says in the paper he wouldn't run if there is firm in the description,” said Brown Panther’s trainer Tom Dascombe.
"I guess if it is quick ground we wouldn't need to worry about him. All I have to worry about is Brown Panther.”
The Gold Cup stands proudly as the historical showpiece of Royal Ascot and is the world’s premier race for long distances specialists.
The magnificent trophy awarded to the owner of the winning horse is one of only three at the Royal Meeting, all designed by Garrard, that are kept by the winning owners on a permanent basis, along with the Royal Hunt Cup and The Queen’s Vase trophies.
On the track the race has provided some of the Royal Meeting’s greatest and most unforgettable moments. Lester Piggott rode to victory 11 times in the Gold Cup between 1957-1982.
More recently, Yeats will forever go down in history as one of the great stayers with the Irish superstar powering to a record fourth straight Gold Cup win in 2009.
The victory of The Queen’s filly, Estimate, in 2013, sparked an outpouring of public joy rarely seen at any sporting event around the world.
The filly almost repeated the feat last year, only to be denied by a sterling performance from Leading Light, Aidan O’Brien’s sixth Gold Cup winner.
The Gold Cup takes place on the Thursday of Royal Ascot, a day colloquially known by the public as "Ladies Day".