Sport Horse Racing

Monday 11 December 2017

Rules to prove he is no Forgotten hope

Trainer Dermot Weld. Photo: Sportsfile
Trainer Dermot Weld. Photo: Sportsfile

Johnny Ward

They arguably preserve the best of Leopardstown's offering until the nightcap as high-class stayers Twilight Payment and Forgotten Rules fight out the Spin 1038 Race.

Twilight Payment could be a Gold Cup horse this summer - a race for which he can be backed at 20/1. However, he has to give 6lb to Forgotten Rules, now hooded for the first time.

When Twilight Payment beat Forgotten Rules by half a length at the Curragh when they last duelled, he was getting 12lb off the Dermot Weld runner, which is thus fancied to exact revenge. It is possibly between the pair.

The feature Listed Heritage Stakes is a really competitive renewal. For the Forgotten Rules connections, Rose De Pierre gets the nod now. This consistent daughter of Dubawi goes well on easy ground and is bred to progress further with age. Round Two, which got his career back on track to an extent last season late on, could cause her problems.

Aidan O'Brien's decision to appeal the suspension handed down to Music Box at Dundalk on Friday night was to be expected, his visit to the Turf Club confirmed for Thursday week. He ought to have reason to cheer in the opening maiden this evening, in which he saddles two Galileo-breds in Auckland, which is out of the brilliant sprinter Airwave, and Venice Beach. Venice Beach - touched off in a back-end course maiden on debut - looks the one, though the Weld-trained Haripour is also noted.

Bound can double up for O'Brien and Seamus Heffernan in the fillies' maiden. A superbly-bred Galileo, she has experience and sets the newcomer Harrana a difficult task.

Willie McCreery enjoyed a fine Cork double on Sunday but Elm Grove's prospects of following up in the Bulmers Live At Leopardstown Handicap have been hurt by her draw in 17. This is quite open and Nonetheless could prove the answer and get John Oxx on the scoreboard for the campaign. The Fastnet Rock filly has a lot in her favour and was put in at 10/1.

Another maximum field of 20 contests the JJ Kavanagh & Sons Handicap in which No Way Jack is put forward without confidence for Pat Martin. He has only won once, tends to need everything to fall right and does not have a favourable draw in theory. That said, he likes an ease and has more than enough ability to go close again.

Niven is bidding to provide Ken Condon with his first winner since October. This son of Elusive Pimpernel should be able to attack early in the penultimate heat.

Irish Independent

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