It's doubtful that the handicapper is going to allow COURAGEOUS to fall much further in the weights having already dropped him 10lb since the start of the Turf season. It may be now or never for Milton Bradley's sprinter and, with useful claimer Michael Murphy taking off a further 7lb, he can end his long losing run. Bradley also runs the equally frustrating Falasteen while Best Be Careful and Crimson Queen are among a raft of previous C&D winners due to face the starter. Rebecca Romero, in particular, never seems to run a bad race here and she's just preferred to the three-year-old Blanc De Chine of the others with Howyadoingnotsobad yet to win on Turf and Lujeanie likely to find things happening too quickly over this trip on fast going.
Howyadoingnotsobad (IRE) 2-1 (9-6) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, rallied to lead again inside final furlong, won at Kempton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Aug beating Muhdiq (9-8) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Lujeanie 8-1 (9-3) Dwelt, mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Piscean (9-3) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Sandfrankskipsgo 8-1 (8-3) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Long Awaited (8-12) at Epsom Downs 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Falasteen (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Mid-division, driven over 2f out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 6th of 10, 6l behind Barons Spy (9-6) at Bath 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Blanc De Chine (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Fast away, made all, hard driven inside final furlong, held on, won at Windsor 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug beating Silken Express (8-9) by nk, 7 ran.
Courageous (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Behind, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Hamoody (8-13) at Haydock 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Wooden King (IRE) 18-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, not clear and switched right over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, unable to reach leaders, 6th of 12, 2l behind Ice Trooper (8-12) at Bath 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Beauty Pageant (IRE) 11-1 (9-4) Led main group until ridden over 1f out, weakened and eased inside final furlong, 9th of 14, 10l behind Whozthecat (8-10) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Aug.
Rebecca Romero 4-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders on inside, pushed along halfway, edged left and stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Ginzan (9-1) at Bath 5f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Best Be Careful (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never a factor, 8th of 11, 4l behind Sunny Side Up (8-11) at Newmarket 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Crimson Queen 9-2 (9-10) With leader, led 2f out, headed inside final 2f, weakened quickly final furlong, 16th of 17, 17l behind Divine Call (9-6) at Bath 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Signifer (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 7l behind Blanc De Chine (8-11) at Windsor 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Befortyfour 28-1 (8-9) In touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 8, 20l behind Minalisa (8-10) at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Big Bad Lily (IRE) 9-4fav (8-6) Dwelt a little, soon led, headed from 2f out, no extra from over 1f out, 6th of 9, 11l behind Battleroftheboyne (9-13) at Curragh 5f hcp sft in Aug.
Demora 8-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, driven over 2f out, effort and every chance when edged right inside final 2f, soon ridden, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Love Island (8-2) at Thirsk 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.