Dermot Weld worries about ground conditions ahead of Forgotten Rules Ascot outing
DERMOT WELD has reissued a ground warning ahead of Royal Ascot next week as his unbeaten stayer Forgotten Rules gets set for his toughest assignment to date.
Despite being easy to back for his comeback run at Navan last month, the five-time winner Forgotten Rules still managed to give weight away and win in good style but a crack at the prestigious Ascot Gold Cup hinges on safe ground for the five-year-old according to his trainer.
"Forgotten Rules is very well and we're very happy with him, but he's ground dependent and I can't stress that enough," said Weld. "He loves to get his toe in, so he's ground dependent."
Weld has been forced to put plans on hold for three-year-old Zawraq after he missed last Saturday's Epsom Derby with the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby also ruled out, but the Curragh-based trainer is planning on having three runners at Royal Ascot next week with Mustajeeb bidding to follow up his seasonal comeback win on Irish Guineas weekend in the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday week.
Mustajeeb was previously success at the Royal meeting when he landed the Jersey Stakes and it is hoped that he can improve further after his Greenlands Stakes win.
"It was a Group Two and he did it very well. We've brought him back to sprint distance and he's been very adaptable to it," he said.
"He won the Jersey Stakes last year and ran very well in the Breeders' Cup Mile and he's a definite possible.
"He's a Group Two winner over six, he's a Jersey winner over seven. He's pretty adaptable six or seven furlongs."
Weld's other intended runner is the exciting Free Eagle who was last seen finishing third in the Champion Stakes at Ascot last season behind Noble Mission.
Free Eagle is the current best priced 7/2 favourite for the Prince Of Wales Stakes at the Royal meeting which gets underway on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Ryan Moore has been confirmed to ride Australian raider Shamal Wind in the Group One King's Stand Stakes, her trainer Robert Smerdon has confirmed.