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Formscan By Eamonn Murphy - Considering how well the Crawford operation is performing at present, SOLIDAGO gets the nod. This Vinnie Roe gelding was the subject of a pretty big gamble, for a bumper at Gowran in September 2011. He only found Mumbo Jumbo too good that day, but he's been a touch disappointing in the interim. However going up in distance now and tackling obstacles could be the making of Solidago, who began his career 'between the flags.' The fact that Paul Carberry has been booked to don the well-known Paddy Heffernan silks now, only goes to provide further encouragement. Anyone present to see Torn Asunder win his point-to-point at Bennettsbridge, will be surprised that he's now nought from three under Rules. Gordon Elliott said of him lately: "He is a horse that works very well at home, but he has disappointed on the track. He might be a bit different when he gets a hurdle in front of him. I'd like to think he is better than what he has shown to date and he is a young horse so we'll give him a chance to prove himself." Davy Russell prefers Torn Asunder to the first-time cheek-piece wearing Troubled. Moyas Charm could provide a bit of each-way value whilst Ancient Days is the obvious one on form but he again could find one too good. Inish Island has his first start for Willie Mullins but he must concede weight all round.
Probable SP 9/4 Ancient Days, 3/1 Inish Island, 9/2 Troubled, 5/1 Torn Asunder, 10/1 Moyas Charm, Solidago, Vicsaflia, 25/1 Embatt.