North Yorkshire trainer Tony Coyle expects big things from New Road Side in the Hilary Needler Trophy at Beverley on Saturday.
The speedy filly will be given an entry in the prestigious five-furlong dash on the Westwood after she shaped promisingly at York on Friday.
New Road Side was sent off the 5-1 favourite for the Listed Marygate Fillies’ Stakes, having won a Southwell maiden on her debut in April, and showed plenty of early pace before finishing fifth behind Delizia.
The £25,000 Hilary Needler Trophy is often used as a stepping stone for the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, with Coyle hopeful his inmate can make the grade at a good level this summer.
“We were happy with her at York, but she didn’t quite get home, I don’t think,” said the Norton handler.
“It’s easy to say now, but perhaps I was a bit too soft with her at home before the race, and maybe that told late on.
“She came out of York very well, though, and we still think we’ve got a good one on our hands.
“We’ll give her plenty of work on the grass this week, and then we’ll look to Beverley.
“The Hilary Needler looks the perfect race for her and she should have no problems handling the track.
“Her sire, Paco Boy, loves firm going, but she’s pretty versatile with whatever the ground might be like. We still think she’s a very, very good filly.”
Forgotten Rules boosted his claims for the Ascot Gold Cup when preserving his 100 per cent record in the Coolmore Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan.
The ante-post favourite for next month’s two-and-a-half mile Group One passed a stern test posed by Answered on his first start for 211 days.
The two fought out a stirring finish to the Group Three contest over a mile and three-quarters after Sir Ector and Panama Hat had set the pace. Forgotten Rules (8-11 favourite), trained by Dermot Weld, showed all the right qualities for a top stayer as held his race-fit rival by a length and a quarter.
The two principals pulled well clear of Sir Ector in third.
Jockey Wilson Renwick was taken to hospital in Hull following a fall from Sindarban in the BDN Construction Maiden Hurdle at Market Rasen.