Timeform look at the Last Fling Chase over three and a half miles...
Railway Dillon proved successful 3 times over fences in the mud last season and shaped as if in good form last twice, 4m at Kelso last time stretching him. Just 1 lb above last winning mark and can make presence felt.
Cloudy Too was a successful 3m handicap hurdler who made winning return over fences at Carlisle (2½m, heavy). Jumped well behind Rocky Creek at Doncaster subsequently and lively contender now in a handicap.
Maringo Bay has matched winning hurdling form without success over fences, runner-up in warm 3m Chepstow maiden last time. Worth a look back in handicap. Engaged 2.10 Newbury Saturday.
Posh Bird has improved since joining this yard, outstaying rivals at Catterick (3¾m) 12 months ago. Seemed in need of recent return and not ruled out with test promising to suit well.
Jaunty Journey is prone to mistakes over fences but holds his own in these staying chases in the mud and a good second over C&D last time. 2 lb lower than when third in this 12 months ago.
Monsieur Cadou jumped a lot better when holding off Jaunty Journey in C&D handicap last month. 7 lb higher this time so more needed, though wouldn't rule out if fencing holds up again.
Boris The Blade won C&D handicap early in 2010 and first success since on one of his going days on return at Newcastle (3m), finding plenty. Still fairly treated after 7 lb rise but none too genuine.
1. Cloudy Too
2. Jaunty Journey
3. Monsieur Cadou
Timeform view: Cloudy Too hasn't had much racing over fences and jumped well alongside some classy rivals at Doncaster last time. He can give Sue Smith a third win in 7 runnings of this handicap named after her high-class charge who won some of Haydock Park's major races. Jaunty Journey was third in this 12 months ago and could reverse recent form with Monsieur Cadou.