PORTAMENTO was caught close home in a conditions race over 6f at Newmarket last time. He'd made all to win at Goodwood earlier so this shorter trip should not be a problem. Sunset Sail has 10lb to find with selection on official ratings and last month's course and distance winner Expensive Date has even more on his plate. Hatchet Harry is the least exposed but has the weakest form and will need to step up on his maiden win at Windsor to get involved.
Hatchet Harry (IRE) 3-1 (9-5) Dwelt, soon recovered chasing leader, led over 3f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Windsor 5f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Jul beating Henley (9-5) by 2 1/2l, 4 ran.
Portamento (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Took keen hold, held up, headway to track winner halfway, ridden to join winner inside final furlong, led briefly, ran on, 2nd of 6, nk behind Bossy Guest (9-2) at Newmarket 6f 2yo stks (3) gf in Jul.
Sunset Sail (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Held up towards rear, pushed along halfway, ridden and struggling 2f out, picked up near side and switched left over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd close home, nearest finish, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Son Of Africa (9-1) at Goodwood 6f 2yo hcp (2) gf.
Expensive Date 6-1 (9-7) Outpaced in rear early, headway approaching halfway, ridden and went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on well to lead close home, won at Lingfield 5f 2yo hcp (5) pol in Jul beating Secret Liaison (9-7) by 1/2l, 5 ran.