My Son Max beat a couple of much lower rated rivals in a seller over 7f here last time. But he's yet to win over today's longer trip and all seven of Skytrain's victories last year also came over 7f. Sound Advice was still beaten four lengths when runner-up over track and trip last month while though Piceno has won over course and distance, he is too unreliable to recommend with any confidence. EXCLUSIVE WATERS is still improving and swept by Silly Billy in the closing stages to win here a fortnight ago. Charlie Hills' charge gets the vote to follow up in this despite being upped a grade.
My Son Max 6-4fav (9-8) Very slowly away and lost 6 lengths, recovered to track leaders 5f out, led over 1f out, soon edged left, ridden and ran on, won at Southwell 7f sell stks (6) fbs beating Nick The Odds (8-12) by 6l, 3 ran.
Skytrain 33-1 (8-1) Tracked leader, ridden halfway, weakened final furlong, 13th of 14, 5l behind Grey Mirage (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcap (2) pol in Feb.
Sound Advice 4-1 (9-1) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, chased winner, held and one pace into 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 11, 3l behind Silverheels (9-1) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Hydrant 66-1 (8-7) Led, headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 18l behind Halfsin (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Piceno (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Led, headed well over 2f out, soon ridden, lost place over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 12l behind Kung Hei Fat Choy (9-6) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Jan.
Caledonia Prince 8-1 (9-3) Tracked leader until ridden halfway, weakened 2f out, 7th of 8, 33l behind The Lock Master (9-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in May.
Exclusive Waters (IRE) 5-4fav (8-12) Awkwardly away tracked leaders, switched left 2f out, headway entering final furlong, led inside final furlong, pushed out, won at Southwell 1m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs beating Silly Billy (9-6) by 2 3/4l, 5 ran.
Silly Billy (IRE) 9-2 (9-6) Keen tracked leader, led 2f out, soon ridden, headed inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Exclusive Waters (8-12) at Southwell 1m hacp 0-70 (5) fbs.