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Homeric could go very well

Homeric could go very well

Homeric could go very well

HOMERIC (3.00) was an eye-catching debut third for the Gosdens at Wolverhampton and can defy a wide draw at Kempton today. The Cheveley Park-owned son of Ulysses was a market drifter that first time out but despite some greenness showed promise when third to Last Ammo. He ran out of room up the inner about a furlong out and makes big appeal dropping back to a mile here. In contrast stepping up a furlong should suit Sharp Distinction who was a real plunger – 9/2 to 2/1 jolly – in the betting last time out over seven furlongs here where he finished third to Last Hoorah, beaten by less than two lengths. Grey Belle has won over this trip while the market could be the best guide for some interesting newcomers but Homeric will take beating. Opener DOOLILY (12.00) could finally get her turn in the opener. She has run well behind some serious opponents like Sandrine, Golden Mayflower and Goldilocks and this looks a real opportunity to finally get her head in front. Cape Columbus in the next is another who is long overdue a winning turn but he may have to wait a little longer as there are good reports about Jane Chapple-Hyam’s first timer EX GRATIA (12.30) who has a plum draw in stall one and could oblige at the first time of asking. Another interesting runner in pole position from the inside box is DIAVOLO (2.00) who could prove the value bet of the day. While he didn’t live up to expectations in three runs for Roger Varian – the middle effort, a good second at Nottingham was respectable – he has by all accounts settled in well with Charlie Fellowes and is certainly of interest in his first handicap off a mark of 79. Smart Lingfield debut winner INDEPENDENT ACT (1.00) also has the perfect draw as he bids to follow up in the novice stakes, and Charlie Appleby’s runner sets the bar high. Nova Legend was a noted improver when second to Splendent at Newcastle and would certainly be a threat if progressing further. Danger PRETTY SWEET (1.30) can defy top weight in the fillies handicap. She was pipped at the post by Lower Street over this track and trip, and, while a beaten long odds-on favourite when second last time at Wolverhampton, she can score here. Crown Porter, clearly revived by a return to this track last time, is the danger.

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