Sir Mark Prescott invariably finds a couple of improving three-year-olds every season and with PORTRAIT winning on her last two visits to Bath, we seek no reason to oppose her on the hat-trick bid. Banreenahreenkah could be regarded as a commentator's nightmare but if Denis Coakley's filly were able to reproduce the form she showed at Nottingham, she could give the favourite something to think about. Ed Vaughan has had a relatively quiet season so we are prepared to take a watching brief about Kingston Eucalypt at present. Isle Of Beauty and Believe In Me are out of the handicap and are somewhat easier to overlook.
Portrait 1-4fav (9-9) Tracked leader, niggled along 5f out, driven along to lead 2f out, strongly pressed inside final furlong, stayed on well under pressure and always just doing enough, won at Bath 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) fm beating Bee Jay Kay (9-7) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
Kingston Eucalypt 7-2 (8-13) Led early, prominent, challenged over 1f out, led inside final furlong, headed close home, 2nd of 6, shd behind Dazzling Valentine (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 3f fll hcp (5) fm.
Banreenahreenkah (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Chased leaders on outside, lost 3rd over 3f out, ridden inside final 3f, 4th and one pace well over 1f out, 4th of 11, 12l behind Mount Tiger (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Jun.
Isle Of Beauty 5-1 (8-10) Held up in touch, pushed along and weakened over 3f out, 8th of 9, 25l behind Sandy's Row (9-6) at Beverley 1m 2f fll hcp (5) gf.
Believe In Me 66-1 (8-2) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened soon after, 7th of 9, 18l behind London Bridge (9-6) at Brighton 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) fm in Jun.