Nurpur showed her liking for this trip and fast ground at Haydock but has a penalty to contend with and this is a slightly better class race. Future Reference has been making steady progress and is another penalised for his victory over 7f at Wolverhampton where he stayed on strongly. Saint Jerome is up 5lb for a battling all-the-way success at Chepstow while Simply Shining was a bit disappointing at Doncaster last time. HARD CORE DEBT was the outsider of four and conceding weight all-round when narrowly beaten by Declamation at Beverley on Monday and, as that was his first start since joining Brian Ellison from Ireland, he can make further progress and go one better.
Saint Jerome (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Raced near side made all, ridden 2f out, joined inside final furlong, all out and just held on, won at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Footstepsintherain (9-5) by ns, 7 ran.
Nurpur (IRE) 5-2fav (9-7) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 1f out, soon ridden, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, led near finish, won at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Gabrial The Thug (8-12) by nk, 7 ran.
Future Reference (IRE) 7-4fav (9-4) Always prominent, ridden to challenge over 1f out, stayed on to lead close home, won at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Exzachary (9-0) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Hard Core Debt 14-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, kept on, went 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 4, 1/2l behind Declamation (9-2) at Beverley 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Simply Shining (IRE) 13-8 (8-10) Tracked leader, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon lost 2nd place, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 4l behind Oddysey (10-0) at Doncaster 1m flls hcp 0-85 (4) 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.
Mandy's Boy (IRE) 3-1 (8-13) Raced wide in touch, ridden and headway over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on same, 4th of 7, 6l behind Ready (8-13) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Woodstock (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, pushed along over 3f out, effort over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 5l behind Typhon (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo stk 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Testa Rossa (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, headway in centre over 2f out, ridden and chased leaders over 1f out, faded last half furlong, 7th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Pleasure Bent (9-4) at Newbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.