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Action from Southwell
Action from Southwell

Erissimus Maximus can strike on his second start since joining sprint specialist Robert Cowell, according to Keith Hamer - he previews the action.

NAP: Erissimus Maxims (5.15 Southwell)

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59-1OR: 79CD
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Next Best: Lilkian (5.45 Southwell)

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29-1OR: 69C
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Erissimus Maximus can strike on his second start since joining sprint specialist Robert Cowell when he lines up for the Betway Heed Your Hunch Handicap at Southwell.

Formerly with Amy Murphy, the five-year-old changed hands for 20,000 guineas at Tattersalls Autumn Sales last month.

Cowell has already got a run into him over this five furlongs - and it was a respectable one too, with the Holy Roman Emperor gelding shaping well to finish fourth behind Hareem Queen despite being slowly away.

Erissimus Maximus was not unbacked, as the 100-30 second-favourite behind the 2-1 winner.

He can start to repay new connections by getting the better of this opposition.

Lilkian can make a triumphant return to the scene of his first victory - which came at the eighth attempt earlier this month.

The Shaun Keightley-trained youngster justified market support with a game performance to beat Astrozone by three-quarters of a length.

That was over the minimum trip, and he steps back up to six furlongs for the Ladbrokes Home Of The Odds Boost Nursery Handicap.

Lilkian had looked a shade unlucky when third to Mitty's Smile at Kempton over the distance on his penultimate start, because he was short of room in the final 50 yards when showing no signs of stopping.

Kaser can make his course form count when he steps up in grade for the Betway Handicap at Wolverhampton.

His three career wins have come at Dunstall Park, albeit in a lesser grade, but he has not been over-raced and could have a little improvement in him.

The handicapper's assessment in putting David Loughnane's four-year-old up 5lb for his latest victory does not appear harsh on the evidence of that performance, and it may not stop him doubling up.

Bell Heather can continue his love affair with this track by landing the Betway Live Casino Handicap. The six-year-old, trained by Patrick Morris, is a four-time course winner - although most of his running has been done on turf.

After his last triumph in March, Bell Heather was campaigned on grass until going back to the Tapeta in late October.

He ran well for a long way that day, yet he has been dropped 3lb and is now 1lb below that latest success.

Mercy Mercy Me can show that jumping fences is his game by making a successful switch from hurdling in the Download The Free At The Races App Novices' Limited Handicap Chase at Plumpton.

The seven-year-old ran well over the smaller obstacles last season without getting his head in front, when he was trained by Fergal O'Brien.

He moved to the Paul Nicholls yard and had to settle for second place in a maiden hurdle at Stratford when sent off the evens favourite. The champion trainer has decided the time is right to go chasing, and it can pay off first time.

Le Coeur Net was a heavy-ground winner at Ffos Las this time last year, so has to be of interest in similar conditions in the Follow At The Races On Twitter Handicap Chase.

Anthony Honeyball's seven-year-old also won on soft here two seasons ago, and was twice runner up at the course on heavy.

He ran creditably in third back at Ffos Las on his first run of the campaign last week, running as if a return to this slightly longer trip will suit.

Decent claimer Ben Godfrey retains the ride, and takes off 7lb again.

Sporting Life tips

PLUMPTON: 12.30 Quloob, 1.00 Mercy Mercy Me, 1.30 Sixties Secret, 2.00 Juge Et Parti, 2.30 Le Coeur Net, 3.00 Big Meadow, 3.30 Timely Gift.

SOUTHWELL: 4.15 Meryems Way, 4.45 Dancing Leopard, 5.15 ERISSIMUS MAXIMUS (NAP), 5.45 Lilkian, 6.15 Memory Hill, 6.45 J Gaye, 7.15 Moneta, 7.45 Sooqaan.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 12.50 Alioski, 1.20 Lafontaine, 1.50 Bustaan, 2.20 The King's Steed, 2.50 Bell Heather, 3.20 Kaser, 3.50 Bird To Love.

DOUBLE: Erissimus Maxims and Lilkian.


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