COURAGE is back in maiden company after a decent sixth in a handicap at Sandown. He's gone very close twice before and can make it third-time lucky in first-time headgear ahead of Miracle Maid. The latter has every chance on her latest second at Newbury to the much higher-rated Banu Wu and she has a few pounds in hand on official ratings with Hunt A Mistress. Roger Ramjet showed a bit of promise on his debut but didn't take to the Fibresand last time while it's worth keeping an eye on the returning Wye Valley.
Barnacle 16-1 (8-6) In touch, pushed along halfway, plugged on same pace final 2f, 5th of 8, 8l behind Juarla (9-3) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-55 (6) sft in Aug.
Courage (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) In touch, pushed along on outside over 2f out, driven and stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 6th of 10, 3l behind Initiator (9-1) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Aug.
Roger Ramjet (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Chased leading trio, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 7, 39l behind Dubawi Island (9-3) at Southwell 1m 3yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Aug.
Trevose (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 11, 7l behind Morning Call (9-3) at Warwick 7f mdn stks (5) gd in Aug.
Hunt A Mistress (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 5l behind Reyamour (9-12) at Salisbury 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) gd in May.
Miracle Maid 4-1 (8-13) Led, driven along final 2f, headed and no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Bana Wu (8-13) at Newbury 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) gd in Aug.
Wye Valley 11-2 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 4l behind Afnoon (9-0) at Salisbury 7f 2yo stks (5) gd in Oct.