Grand veteran Phluke is a must for any shortlist despite a 6lb penalty for beating a decent field of handicappers here last week. Amy Scott offsets most of that impost and the old boy clearly enjoys life here. However, LOVE NEST is an improving three-year-old receiving weight from all rivals and has shown much improved form on the Polytrack this term. The Dunlop inmate was just deprived of a first success last time but can go one better off an attractive mark. Fire King also runs this track well and will enjoy returning to the seaside air after a disappointing effort elsewhere last time. He does need delivering at just the right time though, whilst Ilie Nastase, a slightly unlucky third at Leicester over the weekend, also makes the shortlist.
Phluke 5-1fav (8-10) Maded virtually all, joined and ridden 2f out, stayed on gamely final inside furlong, won at Brighton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun beating Mandhooma (9-0) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Ilie Nastase (FR) 5-1 (9-12) Keen and tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, no impression until ran on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Fault (10-0) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Fire King 6-1 (9-7) In rear, ridden over 1f out, never a factor, 7th of 9, 7l behind Broctune Papa Gio (8-6) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Prince Of Thebes (IRE) 28-1 (8-9) Slowly away, in rear until some headway on rails inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 8l behind Hip Hip Hooray (9-6) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Inquisitress 13-2 (9-10) Held up, headway to track leaders halfway, ridden to lead briefly over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 13, 13l behind Camberley Two (8-11) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-55 (6) gs in Jun.
Rainsborough 10-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, pushed along mid-division, headway on outer over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 12, 5l behind Woolston Ferry (8-13) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in May.
Vezere (USA) 7-1 (8-9) Raced wide keen, mid-division, weakened 2f out, last of 13, 16l behind Fault (10-0) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Love Nest 11-4fav (8-13) Chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, led 1f out, headed close home, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Hi Note (8-9) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jun.