Makhzoon is back in a seller for the first time since winning over track and trip just under a year ago but showed little on his reappearance at Perth. George Woolf looks a viable alternative though he, too, has shown little lately while Irish raider Mia's Vic was tailed off over 3m at Bellewstown on his latest start. SPIEKEROOG has won three times on the Flat and his form over hurdles last year was far superior to that of today's rivals. Jason Maguire should steer him to a comfortable victory with Langley and Moufatango probably best of the rest.
Makhzoon (USA) 11-2 (10-10) Chased leaders, lost place before 2nd, ridden after 5th, well beaten before 2 out, 7th of 8, 38l behind Formal Bid (11-4) at Perth 2m clm hdl (4) gs in Sep.
George Woolf 15-2 (11-7) Tracked leader, jumped left 5th, led 8th, headed 5 out, weakened before 3 out, 4th of 5, well behind Diddley Dee (10-9) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Aug.
Langley 16-1 (10-9) Held up in touch, switched outside and headway 3rd, challenged 3 out, outpaced next, weakened before last, 7th of 8, 14l behind James Pollard (10-13) at Ffos Las 2m clm hdl (5) gd in Aug.
Mia's Vic (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden and weakened after 6 out, completely tailed off, 14th of 16, well behind Cerveza Dinero (11-10) at Bellewstown 3m hcp hdl 80-109 gf in Jul.
Spiekeroog 20-1 (10-7) Always in rear, 13th of 19, 49l behind Fleet Dawn (11-2) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gs in Mar.
Moufatango (FR) 9-1 (10-13) Tracked leader, weakened from 4 out, 6th of 9, 46l behind Endeavor (10-7) at Kelso 2m 2f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs in Apr.
Stand Clear 16-1 (10-4) Held up in rear when badly hampered and brought down 1st, in a race won by Weybridge Light (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd, 6 ran.
Jordans Day 66-1 (10-2) Chased leader, led over 9f out, headed over 6f out, weakened 5f out, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Pro Pell (11-0) at Plumpton 2m 2f mdn NH flat (6) gf in Oct '09.