Surf And Turf is invariably well backed and Jonjo O'Neill tries him in first time cheekpieces having witnessed the seven-year-old put up a disappointing display at Newton Abbot six days ago. NINFEA tends to split her time between both codes, and having finished a solid second over an inadequate two miles at Worcester, David Bridgwater's mare can be fancied to go one better this afternoon. Walden Prince came to grief when holding very chance on his most recent start, and though he won a race at Sandown on soft, Tony Carroll's runner appears capable of handling a faster surface. Officially Modern and Tri Nations have a bit to find on their recent efforts and the pair are easy to oppose.
Surf And Turf (IRE) 7-5fav (11-7) Tracked leader, lost place before 7th, reminders next, 4th and weakened 4 out, tailed off, 4th of 6, 50l behind Piment D'estruval (11-7) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf.
Ninfea (IRE) 6-1 (11-8) Prominent, went left 1st and 2nd, ridden 4 out, stayed on same pace, went 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Bay Central (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf.
Officially Modern (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, jumped right 2nd, lost place when hit 8th, weakened approaching 4 out, 9th of 11, well behind Roger Beantown (10-12) at Worcester 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Jun.
Walden Prince (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Held up, headway after 6th, led after 8th, fell next, in a race won by Mount Welcome (11-3) at Newton Abbot 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf in Jun, 8 ran.
Tri Nations (UAE) 11-1 (11-5) Held up in mid-division, effort 3 out, ridden in 5th when not fluent 2 out, no extra, 6th of 12, 25l behind Pobs Trophy (10-3) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hld 0-95 (5) gf.