Bowie won over 2m1f here back in May and goes handicapping for the first time on his return. Dormouse hasn't raced since June but has claims on his earlier placed efforts at Fontwell and Kelso winner Pudsey House has a shout if ready for action. Wily Fox is a course and distance winner but 6lb higher today while the unreliable Amuse Me scored over fences in September but has been well beaten since. WOM needs to dig a bit deeper but has a fitness advantage over those with stronger form and could well make the most of the opportunity. Neil King's charge gets the nod.
Bowie (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Led until before 2nd, led 5th, ridden and headed after 2 out, mistake last, soon headed, driven out, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May beating Rayvin Black (11-1) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Dormouse 12-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, ridden before 2 out, went poor 4th from 2 out, no impression, 4th of 8, 19l behind Man Of Leisure (11-3) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Russian George (IRE) 40-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway before 6th, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Christopher Wren (11-2) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Dec '11, 11 ran.
Wily Fox 9-2fav (10-13) Held up, mistake 1st, headway when not fluent 6th, every chance 3 out, no extra from next, 9th of 13, 29l behind Supreme Bob (11-0) at Newbury 2m 3f cnd nov hcp hdl (0-120) (4) hvy in Mar.
Force Of Habit 33-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, jumped right 5 out, trailing from next, 6th of 8, well behind Rebel Fitz (11-5) at Killarney 2m 6f nov chs gf in Jul.
Amuse Me 20-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, hit 8th, every chance 2 out, no extra before last, 6th of 17, 14l behind Invicta Lake (11-7) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.
Icy Colt (ARG) 11-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, ridden and weakened after 4 out, tailed off next, soon pulled up, in a race won by Little Chip (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Sep, 9 ran.
Wom 8-1 (11-6) Mid-division, headway before 4 out, led before 3 out, ridden and headed 2 out, one pace from last, 3rd of 16, 6l behind Ivebeenthinking (10-0) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Pudsey House 12-1 (11-5) Prominent, mistake 2nd, not fluent 6th or 9th, soon ridden, every chance 2 out, no extra last, 6th of 12, 21l behind Unex Canaletto (10-11) at Kelso 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May.
Favorite Girl (GER) 5-1 (11-5) In touch, lost place 4 out, last of 9, 44l behind Riddlestown (11-6) at Fakenham 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Souter Point (USA) 20-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, driven to challenge 3 out, soon every chance, weakened before last, 5th of 9, 13l behind Tweedo Paradiso (10-3) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.
Benmadigan (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Held up behind, hampered on bend after 2nd, kept on one pace from 3 out, never dangerous, 4th of 10, 16l behind Any Given Moment (10-13) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Jan.
Phoenix Eye 50-1 (9-7) Mid-division, outpaced before 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 7th of 8, 37l behind Marmas (10-7) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Sep.