It's another bumper day of racing and Andy Holding has tips from Punchestown and Ascot.
Although the recent form figures of SHAMIRAN (best [price 25/1) are woeful, it was a similar story last year when Dermot McLoughlin’s charge landed this prize at 33/1, so the 11-year-old has to be worth a small each-way interest just in case lightning strikes twice. Based on his overall profile, clearly this son of Polish President saves his best form for this track in the Spring and with the tongue-tie and blinker combination on show for the first time, he rates a dangerous floater.
CONEY ISLAND (best price 7/1) improved significantly for the step up in trip and the better ground at Fairyhouse last time out and with similar conditions in his favour, it would come as little surprise to see Edward Harty’s charge outrunning his odds. The feature of that performance was the way he travelled throughout the entire contest and what was also impressive was the turn of foot he found once off the bridle. Although that race was only a handicap, the EBF Final always takes some winning, and on the evidence of that display, he clearly arrives here right on top of his game.