Whitefall has gone very close on her last couple of starts and should be in the mix again. Eyeline has more to prove over today's distance, however, so the lightly-raced trio of Hail To Princess, Culture Trip and Dalliefour make more appeal. Karl Marx usually stays on when the race is already over and it could be a case of history repeating itself here given Sir Mark Prescott boasts an outstanding strike rate with his three-year-olds at this track. PORTRAIT steps up to middle-distances for her handicap and seasonal debut and it would be no surprise if she proves good enough.
Portrait 100-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, 9l behind Azma (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Dec.
Al Zein 7-1 (8-12) Led until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 12l behind Afro (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) sft in May.
Dalliefour (IRE) 3-1fav (8-10) Took keen hold, tracked leader, led narrowly halfway, ridden and pressed over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, not pace of leading duo, 3rd of 9, 6l behind London Bridge (9-6) at Brighton 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) fm in Jun.
Whitefall (USA) 7-2 (8-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 2f out, ridden and challenging when bumped inside final furlong, ran on, just held, 2nd of 8, shd behind Al Thumama (9-1) at Warwick 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Eyeline 16-1 (8-6) Prominent, not much room over 2f out, not clear from over 1f out, trying to get through to challenge when hampered inside final furlong, eased and no impression, 5th of 7, 6l behind World Map (9-2) at Bath 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Jun.
Culture Trip 20-1 (8-13) Always in rear, 8th of 9, 8l behind Just A Pound (8-13) at Bath 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Jun.
Karl Marx (IRE) 16-1 (7-10) Soon pushed along in mid-division, ridden to chase leaders over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, went moderate 3rd near finish, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 10, 13l behind Knight's Parade (9-3) at Chepstow 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Hail To Princess 5-1 (8-7) Chased leading pair, ridden and went 2nd over 1f out, plugged on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Rancher (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo sell stks (6) pol in May.