With that experience under his belt, combined with a switch to the all-weather and a drop in trip, he proved a different proposition when staying on over a mile at Lingfield to be second to a once-raced horse of John Gosden's that could be anything.
The final outing of three starts saw the Rock Of Gibraltar colt win as he liked at this track in November and trainer Luca Cumani is likely to hope there is plenty to work with off an initial mark of 79.
HOMERIC will be having just the fourth run of his career in the BetVictor.com Handicap and that Ed Dunlop has gone to the trouble of booking Ryan Moore could well speak volumes.
He looked the type to have a lot more to offer as an older horse this year when winning a mile-and-a-half maiden at Wolverhampton last October.
The Mike The Knight 13.04.13 Classified Claiming Stakes might be a tight affair, but do not rule out Hurricane Spirit reversing recent running with Mr Knightley.
Now with Joseph Tuite, he had slammed the likely favourite two runs ago and while surprisingly having to give best to that rival last time he is better at this mile than seven furlongs.
BEAT OF THE DRUM is not one of the big guns at Richard Hannon's powerful yard but should pay her way this season, starting in the Get The BetVictor App Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
Two runs last term were not without promise, most significantly on debut at Newmarket in September, when noted doing some nice work late in the day.
She was a beaten favourite next time at Nottingham but that race actually had a decent look to it.
Her stablemate Whatever Yo Do might be the biggest danger but Richard Hughes has opted for this Duke Of Marmalade filly.
DARLEY SUN is finding life harder over obstacles than might have been expected but should get off the mark at Fontwell in the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Novices' Hurdle.
A promising start at Market Rasen was not really built upon at Huntingdon and he is not easy to win with.
That said, and while he is not the force of old, his Flat form means he can yet be given another chance.
Lightly-raced BUDDY BOLERO remains a nice prospect and can gain a confidence-boosting success in the PWW Ice Cream Supplies Novices' Chase.