Red Alpha, successful at Warwick before finishing a close-up third at Wolverhampton on his handicap debut, has to go on the short-list here with Hanagan doing the steering. Ayr winner Never Perfect is heading in the right direction while Gunner Will didn't appear to handle Epsom's twists and turns when favourite last time and has every chance on earlier efforts. He makes more appeal than the hat-trick-seeking Fiction Or Fact and top weight Devdas. BUSTER BROWN will appreciate the step up to a mile, however, and looks nicely handicapped on his placed form in maidens - he gets the nod.
Devdas (IRE) 9-2 (8-8) Took keen hold, tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind That's Dangerous (8-3) at Newmarket 1m 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Sep.
Gunner Will (IRE) 9-4fav (9-3) In touch, ridden and no impression over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 4l behind Stateos (9-3) at Epsom Downs 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gs in Aug.
The Blue Banana (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Awkward and went left leaving stalls, always in rear, 8th of 10, 10l behind Poetic Lord (9-5) at Goodwood 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Daghash 100-1 (9-3) Towards rear, never on terms, 9th of 16, 11l behind Coupe de Ville (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo aut (2) gf.
Never Perfect (IRE) 4-9fav (9-3) Dwelt, in rear, tracked leaders in 4th, pushed along over 5f out, ridden and headway over 2f out, led entering 2f out, kept on, ridden out, won at Ayr 1m 2yo mdn (4) hvy beating Hunting Gonk (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Red Alpha (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway on outside well over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, stayed on, lost 2nd closing stages, 3rd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Chalk And Cheese (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol.
Fiction Or Fact (IRE) 9-1 (9-8) Mid-division, headway under pressure over 2f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, soon edged left, went 2nd final 120 yards, stayed on to lead close home, won at Redcar 1m 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep beating Bedlam (9-4) by 1/2l, 18 ran.
Dance The Rain 25-1 (8-10) Prominent, switched left over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, no impression towards finish, 5th of 10, 2l behind Anjaz (9-2) at Doncaster 1m 2yo hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Buster Brown (IRE) 5-2 (9-3) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Right Divine (9-3) at Redcar 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Stellar Express (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Made all, clear over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Nottingham 1m 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd beating Spunky (8-12) by 4 1/2l, 16 ran.
Brimstone Hill (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Always well in rear, lost touch over 4f out, pulled up and dismounted inside final furlong, in a race won by Fire Ship (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf, 10 ran.
Hareby (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Held up mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 32l behind Cherry Street (9-3) at Pontefract 1m 2f 2yo mdn (4) gf.
Courtesy Call (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 12, 5l behind Come On Blue Chip (9-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.