Aintree Autumn successor Dell’ Arca is set to reappear on Merseyside at Haydock Park this weekend for David Pipe.
The 12-year-old, who has won 8 career starts, secured a first win for more than two years on Merseyside back in October under 5lbs claimer Fergus Gilliard, who will partner the son of Sholokhov in Saturday’s opener once again.
A former Betfair Hurdle silver medalist, Dell’ Arca was once rated as high as 150 over timber in his pomp but is now 23lbs lower with the handicapper here, carrying under 11st and well down in the weights in the Pertemps Network Long Distance Handicap Hurdle.
Former bet365 Gold Cup Handicap Chase hero Talkischeap and National Spirit victor Vision Des Flos also feature in the contest this weekend.
He was last seen finishing eighth at Newbury, a course he won at to follow up his Aintree success back in November.
His course history dates back to 2014, where he finished third in the Grade 1 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle under Tom Scudamore.