A really good contest with some progressive 3-y-os on show, nothing more so than NURPUR. The O'Meara inmate has relished the step-up to 1m and is two from two at the trip, having been especially impressive when scoring with something in hand at York last Friday. He escapes a penalty for that apprentice race triumph and must go close again in an admittedly stronger affair. Aeronwyn Bryn, up 18lb for two successes, still went well when runner-up next time but looks on a high enough mark for now, whilst Light Rose continues to suggest she's still not firing on all cylinders. Therefore, Woody Bay, a dual scorer in June, should get the strong gallop he needs here and is nominated as the main threat as he looks open to further improvement. Strong Conviction and Black Rider are also noted in a competitive affair.
Steelriver (IRE) 20-1 (8-6) Held up in touch, switched left and closed 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra final 100 yards, 5th of 8, 6l behind Law Enforcement (9-7) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Aeronwyn Bryn (IRE) 15-8 (8-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd over 2f out, staying on went bumped when squeezed for room well inside final furlong, not quicken, 2nd of 3, 1/2l behind Bold Prediction (8-9) at Ayr 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Polar Chief 14-1 (9-6) Keen tracked leader, ridden and every chance 2f out, led approaching final furlong, headed inside final furlong, rallied near finish, 2nd of 7, ns behind Ready (8-13) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Nurpur (IRE) 3-1 (9-9) Held up in last pair, headway on outside over 2f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, ridden out, won at York 1m 3yo app hcp 0-80 (4) gf beating Future Reference (9-5) by 2l, 6 ran.
Light Rose (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Led, ridden well over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, weakened and lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Ajmany (9-6) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Strong Conviction 9-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, tracked leader, pushed along to challenge 3f out, led over 2f out, driven over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 4, 1 1/4l behind Monsieur Rieussec (9-6) at Salisbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Woody Bay 2-1 (9-8) Held up in touch, closed from 3f out, challenged 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Not Rigg (9-5) at Nottingham 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Old Man Clegg 12-1 (9-7) Close up, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 15l behind Zaitsev (9-3) at Beverley 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Black Rider (IRE) 2-1fav (9-1) In rear, pushed along over 3f out, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 1l behind Baltic Prince (8-11) at Chester 1m 3yo app hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Darkside 6-1 (8-9) In rear, switched to race alone stand side after 1f, never a factor, 9th of 12, 10l behind Victoire De Lyphar (9-12) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.