Troubled would be the obvious form pick on his two runs earlier this year when narrowly beaten in better maidens than this. However, he ran very poorly in his two starts last month and is best watched for the moment. Moyas Charm ran easily her best race when narrowly defeated over the C&D in May but hasn't performed at that level in two subsequent starts but Inish Island looks a real threat having joined Willie Mullins as he has shown plenty of promise over shorter trips. He'll be fit enough for his reappearance but his victory in a Clonmel bumper means he has to concede 8lb to ANCIENT DAYS and that could prove beyond him. John Queally's charge has always looked as though this trip would suit and ran really well over the minimum at Galway last month. Winning point-to-pointer Torn Asunder looks next best despite an expensive defeat in a Cork bumper last month.
Inish Island (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Chased leader in 2nd, disputed from halfway, ridden entering straight, no extra in 3rd 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 12, 18l behind Its The Ice I Like (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl in Mar.
Ancient Days (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, closed up 2 out, ridden in 2nd before straight, not get to winner and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Kilavalley (11-12) at Galway 2m 5yo mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Embatt (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Mid-division, 7th halfway, driven along approaching 3 out, soon no extra and weakened, completely tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Good Time In Milan (10-11) at Downpatrick 2m 6f mdn hdl gf in Jun.
Solidago (IRE) 4-1 (11-9) Soon tracked leaders, closed 6f out, 2nd under 4f out, led under 3f out, headed under 2f out, soon 3rd and no impression, kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 16l behind Falcarragh (12-0) at Wexford 2m 2f N H flat sft in Jul.
Torn Asunder (IRE) 13-8fav (12-0) Soon mid-division, niggled along from 5f out, ridden to chase leaders from 2f out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 5th of 18, 10l behind Elegant Statesman (12-0) at Cork 2m N H flat in Oct.
Troubled (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Mid-division, weakened from 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Jupitor (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 6f mdn hdl sft in Oct, 8 ran.
Vicsaflia (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) Tracked winner until 8f out, weakened over 2f out, 4th of 8, 29l behind Vegas Cash (11-2) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gd in May.
Moyas Charm (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Soon led, headed after 6th, dropped to moderate 5th approaching 2 out, soon no impression, 6th of 13, 24l behind Ordinary Man (11-10) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Oct.