Sound Advice came back to form at Hamilton last week and is one for the short-list here. He appears to have the beating of Silver Rime and Moheebb on that run. Fellow three-year-olds Icelander and Masters Blazing are also worth a second look while the soft ground will hold no fears for Lockantanks, third at Doncaster 10 days ago. CHOOKIE ROYALE still has his stamina to prove over this extended 7f but clearly found 6f too sharp at Hamilton last time and he was placed twice on soft ground in the autumn. He gets a tentative vote to open his account for the season.
Lockantanks 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders and keen, not much room over 1f out, soon switched left, ridden inside final furlong, kept on to take 3rd last 100 yards, 3rd of 11, 3l behind Levitate (9-3) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Lady Chaparral 6-1fav (9-7) Chased leader, effort over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 12th of 14, 14l behind Tartan Gigha (9-5) at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Cool Marble (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 12th of 17, 22l behind Edmaaj (9-1) at York 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) sft.
Silver Rime (FR) 40-1 (9-10) Dwelt in rear, ridden 3f out, switched left inside final furlong, stayed on, nearest finish, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Miami Gator (9-5) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Chookie Royale 14-1 (9-3) Held up, headway 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 5l behind Julius Geezer (9-2) at Hamilton 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Ravi River (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, kept on under pressure from over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 12, 13l behind True To Form (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Nov.
Moheebb (IRE) 5-1 (9-8) In touch, ridden over 3f out, no impression, 7th of 11, 5l behind Miami Gator (9-5) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Sound Advice 16-1 (9-4) Keen tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, no impression final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Miami Gator (9-5) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Icelander (USA) 14-1 (8-11) Hampered start, tracked leader, under pressure over 4f out, soon lost place, eased over 1f out, last of 13, well behind Expense Claim (9-3) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs in May.
Masters Blazing 9-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, no impression, 5th of 8, 5l behind Trail Blaze (9-6) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Call of Duty (IRE) 10-1 (8-8) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 8l behind Watts Up Son (8-13) at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Mangham (IRE) 16-1 (8-3) Dwelt, in rear, pushed along and headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Copperwood (9-4) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gs.