SIGNE is the only one with recent winning form having landed the odds over a mile here on her racecourse debut. The Haggas filly should see out this longer trip without any problem. Perceived drops down a grade for her first start since October while Star Of Lombardy had just the one start last year and makes her handicap debut. Henpecked, who has been jumping, and Mercy Me have both looked in the handicapper's grip since winning last year and an apprentice takes over the reins on the latter.
Signe (IRE) 4-9fav (9-12) Chased leaders, led over 2f out, challenged throughout final furlong, stayed on gamely, won at Newcastle 1m mdn fll stks (5) pol in Feb beating Hot Natured (8-7) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Perceived 14-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, eased, 13th of 15, 23 1/4l behind Entsar (9-4) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp fll (4) gs in Oct.
Mercy Me 7-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 3 1/4l behind General Hazard (10-2) at Chelmsford City 1m 2f hcp (5) pol in Mar.
Henpecked 25-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear and keen, went 3rd from 3 out, weakened after 2 out, 5th of 7, dist behind Reivers Lad (11-7) at Kelso 2m (4) hvy in Mar.
Star Of Lombardy (IRE) 11-4 (9-0) Tracked leader until 2f out, chased leading pair until over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 7 1/2l behind Snobbery (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.