It's a long time since a four-year-old won this but Icy Reply has improved since stepping up in trip and has further progress in her. CLARA MC CLOUD is a nice staying prospect who couldn't quite get to Aranhill Chief over 2m4f at Bellewstown but will be much better suited by this trip. She's handed the vote as it was only a moderate handicap that Rodriguez won at Roscommon. Meldrum Lad could prove a threat as he was eased right down for an easy victory over 2m4f at Wexford and looks certain to be suited by this extra quarter-mile. Draycott Place has been highly tried and had little chance behind Simenon here last weekend after a couple of minor victories.
Draycott Place (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, 4th halfway, pushed along and dropped to rear 4 out, weakened, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Simenon (11-0) at Tipperary 2m hdl Grd 3 (1) gd.
Rodriguez (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Made all, clear with 2nd, slight mistakes 6th and 6 out, reduced advantage 5 out, slight mistake 3 out and ridden, asserted before last, kept on well, won at Roscommon 3m hcp hdl gf beating The Lady Granuaile (10-9) by 4l, 9 ran.
Lastofthepilots (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Led early, headed after 3rd until regained lead after 8th, driven along early straight and headed 3 out, no impression under pressure and dropped to 3rd before last, no extra run-in, 4th of 7, 4l behind Benemeade (11-12) at Roscommon 2m 4f nh nov hdl gf in Jul '13.
Meldrum Lad (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Tracked leader in 2nd, improved to dispute lead 2 out, ridden to lead after last, kept on well under pressure from over 1f out, won at Wexford 2m 4f mdn hdl beating Dun Scaith (11-4) by 4 1/2l, 15 ran.
Clara Mc Cloud (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Held up, 6th halfway, ridden into 3rd 2 out, stayed on to press winner run-in, just held, 2nd of 8, hd behind Aranhill Chief (11-6) at Bellewstown 2m 4f hdl gf.
Liz's D'estruval (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Mid-division early before soon dropping towards rear, in rear after 7 out, detached after 4 out and pulled up before next, in a race won by Fort George (11-7) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp chs 0-116 gd, 15 ran.
Icy Reply 7-1 (10-11) Soon chased leaders, 4th before straight, led approaching 2 out, asserted from before last, stayed on well run-in, comfortably, won at Cork 3m mdn hdl gf beating Polish Partisan (11-12) by 5l, 14 ran.