Having not run since landing a competitive handicap at Leopardstown back in December, COPY THAT (best price 5/1)
looks to have been saved specifically for this contest by shrewd connections and is worth a punt to land the hat trick. There was a lot to like about the way Edward Harty’s charge won that day and that was hot on the heels of a similarly impressive victory at Galway. A strong stayer who seems to thrive on a well-run affair, this big field and hustle and bustle nature of this kind of race should suit the son of Milan down to the ground.
Beaten by Copy That at Leopardstown, the subsequent form of ANCIENT SANDS (best price 16/1)
gives him some hope of turning the form around, especially as the ground will be much more to his liking. Two wins on the all-weather at Dundalk during the winter have elevated his confidence to an all-time high and he arrives here fresh off the back of another commendable effort at Tipperary last week.