SURF AND TURF had a couple of anxious moments when well backed again at Worcester last week but was an easy winner in the end and it will take a good performance to lower his colours here, despite a penalty. True Blue's Worcester victory has been franked but he's conceding 8lb to the selection while Sporting Boy was beaten 17 lengths when second at Fakenham. Hodgson is high enough in the weights again while there looks to be little to choose between Evan Williams' pair Zama Zama and Bay Central but, in common with the others, both are likely to struggle in this.
True Blue (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) In touch, closed 3 out, led next, not fluent last, driven out, won at Worcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd beating Alwaystheoptimist (11-9) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Sporting Boy (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Prominent, outpaced 8th, rallied to chase winner after 3 out, well held from next, 2nd of 7, 17l behind Kian's Delight (11-0) at Fakenham 2m beg chase (4) gd.
Ugo (USA) 25-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, took keen hold, not fluent 1st, some headway 3 out, not fluent next, 4th and no impression when fell last, in a race won by Kian's Delight (11-0) at Fakenham 2m beg chase (4) gd, 7 ran.
Gay Sloane (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Led until after 1st, one pace before 3 out, 3rd of 4, 15l behind Suerte Al Salto (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f nov chs (4) gd in May.
Milgen Bay 11-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd 7th until next, led approaching 4 out, ridden and headed approaching 3 out, hit 3 out, weakened soon after, tailed off, last of 8, 40l behind Quipe Me Posted (10-2) at Kempton 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Zama Zama 4-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, mistake when hampered 10th, some headway 4 out, no impression, mistake and well beaten 2 out, 6th of 8, 33l behind That's The Deal (10-2) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd.
Surf And Turf (IRE) 6-5fav (11-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led 4th, clear from 2 out, about 16 lengths clear wnen blundered last, eased towards finish, won at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd beating Run Along Boy (11-9) by 20l, 5 ran.
Hodgson (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Prominent, not fluent 1st or 4 out, staying on same pace when hampered 2 out, mistake last, no impression, 4th of 10, 18l behind Turbo Du Ranch (11-10) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Bay Central (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Led, headed after 5 out, weakened 3 out, 5th of 6, 34l behind Dineur (11-7) at Ffos Las 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Star Galaxy (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, not fluent 1st, outpaced 2 out, weakened on home bend, tailed off, 5th of 6, 46l behind Sergeant Pink (11-0) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in May.