The 2017 Randox Health Grand National hero One For Arthur takes on 11 rivals in the £75,000 G2 Peter Marsh Handicap Chase (3.15pm), one of the highlights at Haydock Park this Saturday, January 19.
One for Arthur wins the 2017 Randox Health Grand National at Aintree
The extended three-mile, one-furlong contest has gone the way of top-class chasers Our Vic (2010) and Bristol De Mai (2017) in recent years, with the latter subsequently gaining back-to-back renewals of the G1 Betfair Chase at Haydock Park.
Injury has restricted One For Arthur (Lucinda Russell/Derek Fox, 11st 4lb), owned by the Two Golf Widows, to just one start since his famous Aintree triumph in April, 2017.
On his comeback, the 10-year-old Scottish-trained chaser got no further than the third fence when unseating Tom Scudamore in the G2 Betway Many Clouds Chase over the Mildmay Course at Aintree on December 8.
Saturday's top-weight Valtor (Nicky Henderson/Daryl Jacob, 11st 10lb), previously trained in France by Eric Leray, triumphed by eight lengths on his UK debut in the Listed Silver Cup Handicap Chase at Ascot on December 22.
The 10-year-old, who finished sixth in the G1 Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris in May, was purchased by leading owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede with the 2019 Randox Health Grand National (Aintree, Saturday, April 6) in mind.
His trainer, Lambourn-based Nicky Henderson, reported: "Valtor was very impressive at Ascot and jumped very well.
"He was at the bottom of the handicap at Ascot and will now have to carry top-weight in the Peter Marsh Chase.
"He was a horse we were looking at the Grand National with. He was well handicapped, but we threw him in first time out at Ascot and he has gone up 12lb!
"He had not won a race for