1 - Elegant Escape
Thorough stayer who landed 2018 Welsh National and good sixth in latest renewal at Chepstow in December. Since had wind op so claims for last year's winning yard but career-high mark to overcome.
2 - Yala Enki
Took this race in 2018 for Venetia Williams and in fine form for new yard, third in Welsh National before readily landing Taunton chase. Genuine stayer but now has highest mark to overcome.
3 - Ballyoptic
Landed Charlie Hall at Wetherby but since well held in Betfair Chase here and Becher Chase at Aintree. Not ruled out though if freshened up after his break. First preference 2.25 Ascot Saturday.
4 - Vintage Clouds
Three-time course winner who bounced back to his best when wide-margin winner of Peter Marsh Chase here last month. Assessor has reacted though so more is needed off 11 lb higher mark now.
It's a demolition job in the Peter Marsh Handicap Chase!— Haydock Park Races (@haydockraces) January 18, 2020
Vintage Clouds runs riot to land the Grade 2 contest is some style for Danny Cook and Sue Smith 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/a0RnntaH80
5 - One For Arthur
2017 Grand National winner. Has been lightly raced since but retains plenty of ability, set lot to do when fifth in Becher Chase back at Aintree. Cheekpieces on now so shortlisted off a falling mark.
6 - Steely Addition
Useful novice who won twice last term and shaped as if needing the run when last of 4 in Sandown listed race in November. Relatively unexposed and should stay the trip but this is a big ask on return.
7 - Lord du Mesnil
Greatly improved stayer who recorded two wide-margin wins here in December, including in Tommy Whittle Chase. Dour stayer but he has another 10 lb rise to contend with in his bid for a four-timer.
Lord Du Mesnil just loves Haydock!— Haydock Park Races (@haydockraces) December 30, 2019
After landing the Tommy Whittle Chase last week, he defies a 10lb rise with ease in our feature - the Last Fling Handicap Chase. Congratulations to trainer Richard Hobson and all connected with the thriving six-year-old. 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/tqlMMiuYhc
8 - The Two Amigos
Likeable stayer who quickly won 3 handicaps last term before falling when going strongly in this race. Good fifth in Welsh National last time and still low mileage so he's a big player off same mark.
9 - Geronimo
Made a successful return in Newcastle handicap before posting good third to Vintage Clouds in Peter Marsh Chase here last month. Thorough stayer who must enter calculations now dropped 1 lb.
10 - Pobbles Bay
Cashed in on a handy mark over fences at Ffos Las last April but failed to stay in Coral Welsh National last time, only run over fences since. Has plenty on his plate from 1 lb out of the handicap.
11 - Smooth Stepper
Successful twice over fences during early 2018, and best efforts for a while when second at Warwick and sixth at Sandown last 2 starts. 3 lb out of the handicap though so veteran faces a tall order.
A cracking renewal in which THE TWO AMIGOS is taken to make amends for his mishap in this event 12 months ago and confirm himself a staying chaser on the up with his biggest win yet. 2018 victor Yala Enki is still at the top of his game so sure to go well in his bid for a second success, while Elegant Escape is a high-class stayer who can make his presence felt too after a recent wind operation.