Jonnie Skull is a prolific winner who loves this track though he's rarely seen beyond a mile and it was a 7f event that he won here last week. Ski Lift has been disappointing but makes her handicap debut from a very lowly mark and won't need to improve much to take a hand. Blighty was in good form around this time a year ago but finished last in his two runs in the spring, though he didn't appreciate the fast going. Mishrif is a Southwell specialist with just one Turf victory from 24 starts while Hydrant completed a hat-trick on quick ground last summer and a string of poor runs sees him back on the same mark. The veteran VAINGLORY generally finishes with a flourish when the race is all over but he's extremely well handicapped these days and even a glimmer of his old form would see him beat these comfortably so he's handed the vote.
Luhaif 20-1 (9-10) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 8l behind Mime Dance (8-11) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Dame Lucy (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Keen always in rear, tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Noble Protector (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 4f fll lst stks (1) gf in Jul.
Blighty (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 14, 18l behind Llanarmon Lad (9-4) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Mishrif (USA) 10-1 (9-8) Slowly away outpaced, ridden 3f out, never near leaders, 5th of 8, 20l behind Pearl Nation (9-9) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-85 (4) fbs.
Vainglory (USA) 9-2 (9-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Sahra Al Khadra (9-4) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Hydrant 9-2 (9-9) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 11l behind Ingleby Symphony (9-9) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Ski Lift 5-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, driven 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, no chance with leaders final furlong, 4th of 9, 5l behind Manderley (9-0) at Nottingham 1m mdn fll stks (5) gs in Jun.
Jonnie Skull (IRE) 15-8fav (9-5) Led stand side group, ridden over 3f out, hung left entering final furlong, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Yarmouth 7f app hcp 0-70 (5) gs beating Sairaam (8-3) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.