Intrigo returned an easy winner on his handicap debut at Leicester in October but didn't escape the attention of the assessor and he's 11lb higher on his reappearance. King Bertie landed the odds in a maiden over a mile here in February and has to come into the reckoning, but BARBS PRINCESS opened her account in a better quality maiden last season. She beat a subsequent winner over 6f at Leicester and Charlie Hills' filly may be good enough on her return. Lionheart is probably best watched on this occasion as his yard's runners usually come on for the outing while Princess Patsky is another handicap debutant to note on her return to action.
King Bertie (IRE) 4-5fav (8-8) Keen tracked leaders, switched to outer over 3f out, rapid headway to lead entering final 3f, pushed out, readily, won at Lingfield 1m mdn auc stks (6) pol in Feb beating Excellent Puck (8-8) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Barbs Princess 11-2 (8-12) Raced alone towards far side, with leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, ran on, won at Leicester 6f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct beating Silca's Dream (9-3) by 2l, 9 ran.
Intrigo 5-1 (8-13) Raced keenly, led 5f out, pushed clear over 1f out, ran on well, eased close home, won at Leicester 7f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct beating Equitissa (9-6) by 4l, 12 ran.
Lionheart 8-1 (9-0) Held up, headway to track leaders halfway, ridden and no impression from over 1f out, 4th of 9, 11l behind Half A Person (9-3) at Yarmouth 7f 2yo mdn (5) hvy in Oct.
Order Of Service 50-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden over 2f out, well held when drifted left over 1f out, 9th of 11, 13l behind Cour Valant (9-3) at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Aug.
Princess Patsky (USA) 25-1 (9-0) Slight lead, ridden and edged right over 1f out, hung left and headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd 150 yards out, soon no extra in 4th, 4th of 13, 4l behind Mrs Bannock (9-0) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Nov.
Angels Calling 33-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase leader over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 4 1/2l behind Raging Bear (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Ropehanger 16-1 (8-10) Held up in rear, ridden when hampered over 2f out, well held over 1f out, last of 8, 8l behind Idle Curiosity (8-7) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.