Answered To Out-Stay Forgotten Rules
Forgotten Rules heads the betting for today’s Group 3 Coolmore Vintage Crop Stakes at 3.55 Navan and while Dermot Weld’s 5-year-old is destined to pick up some big prizes this season, there are no guarantees that the mount of Pat Smullen will be raring to go after 7 months off.
At odds of 3/1 with Coral (money back if beaten by a head or less) Answered is a far more appealing bet after making a pleasing return to action when drawing clear to win a listed race at Limerick last month. The winning margin of 5 and a half lengths from Waltzing Matilda didn’t flatter the 4-year-old who had plenty left in the tank, suggesting that today’s extra furlong will pose no problems and another bold bid is expected.
Biographer has a couple of lengths to find with Forgotten Rules on Long Distance Cup running, but has also been out of action since that Ascot race, while Kingfisher is significantly upped in trip after flopping in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.
Panama Hat and Toe The Line will probably find this too hot, while Dark Crusader was no match for Answered last time out and with a run under his belt, the mount of Kevin Manning is a confident selection to out-stay Forgotten Rules.
1pt win Answered 3/1 Coral