Many of these are running really well without quite managing to get there. Copper Dock has come up against in-form rivals recently but could just be a few pounds high at present and he's no certainty to beat Empirico, who wasn't far behind him last time despite missing the break. Footprint and Charismas Birthday are very closely matched on their run behind That's A Fret here a fortnight ago with preference just for the latter, who is slightly better off. Three-year-olds have an advantage in the weight-for-age scale at this time of the year and FERRYVIEW PLACE looks the one to be on. He was just behind Footprint and Charismas Birthday two weeks ago and has since run well behind Grey Danube so, with more scope than his rivals, he can gain his first success.
Copper Dock (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, led under 2f out, ridden and headed 1f out, no impression on winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Pencil Hill (8-12) at Dundalk 5f Apprentice Handicap (50-85) (3yo+) pol.
Empirico (FR) 17-2 (8-12) Slowly away and in rear, headway on inner to go 6th 1f out, kept on, 5th of 12, 4l behind Pencil Hill (8-12) at Dundalk 5f Apprentice Handicap (50-85) (3yo+) pol.
The Munster Maori (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Prominent in centre, 4th halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, no extra over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 16, 9l behind My Girl Anna (8-13) at Navan 5f Apprentice Handicap (50-95) (3yo+) sft in Oct.
Footprint (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, kept on well final furlong to 2nd close home, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Thats A Fret (9-10) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-70 pol in Mar.
Battleroftheboyne (IRE) 12-1 (8-4) Attempted to make all, pressed and joined over 1f out, soon headed and no impression, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 6l behind Coolnagree (8-7) at Curragh 7f 3yo ext hcp in Mar.
Stones Peak (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) Rear of mid-division, ridden and no extra entering straight, 10th of 12, 6l behind Thats A Fret (9-10) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-70 pol in Mar.
Charismas Birthday (IRE) 9-4fav (8-11) Led, challenged 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, hampered inside final 100 yards, no extra close home, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Thats A Fret (9-10) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-70 pol in Mar.
Ferryview Place 7-2fav (9-12) Held up towards rear, ridden in 6th 2f out, stayed on into 2nd 1f out, kept on final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Grey Danube (9-3) at Dundalk 6f 3yo hcp 47-70 pol in Mar.
Fast On (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 12th of 13, 21l behind Queenscliff (8-6) at Dundalk 1m 3yo hcp pol in Mar.
Stocktons Wing (IRE) 66-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, no impression from 2f out, 14th of 30, 10l behind Redoutable (9-0) at Curragh 6f mdn stks in Mar.