Caught the eye last time at Ayr when given an easy time in the closing stages having not got a clear run. He has already beaten Sleeping Lion this season and this race today looks a lot less competitive than his previous two so he is taken to win for jockey Ryan Moore and trainer Sir Michael Stoute.
The 3m1f trip at Roscommon last time looked to have stretched this 4yo but dropping back to 2m4f here looks a lot more likely to suit. With young jockey Sean O’Keefe taking 7lbs off his back he has a very light weight which is another positive. Taking all this into account he should go close in what doesn’t look the strongest of races.
Shawshank makes his handicap chase debut for local trainer Paul Nolan. He is rated quite a bit higher over hurdles and given that he has had only 3 starts over the larger obstacles he looks sure
to show improved form from what we seen of him over fences to date.
A £/€1 treble on these three selections returns £/€76 including stake if all three win. Odds correct at time of posting, subject to change.