June Aintree successor Ruthless Article is set to reappear at Stratford on Tuesday evening as he bids for a second successive win over fences.
Rebecca Curtis’s gelding has been a consistent sort for connections, either winning or placing in nine of his 17 career starts but attained glory on Merseyside for the first time since September 2019, when he took a novice hurdle at Newton Abbot.
In a hot looking contest, the 143-rated Ballymoy has enjoyed a fine string of performances since switching to the larger obstacles, not finishing outside of the places in nine outings to date for Nigel Twiston-Davies.
Premier D’troice saw off the aforementioned son of Flemensfirth at Newton Abbot earlier in June but the pair now meet on level terms, with Paul Nicholls saddling Rhythm Is A Dancer for exploits in Warwickshire.
Duel course winner The Bull McCabe returns to his happy hunting ground but needs to bounce back from his Uttoxeter disappointment, while long-standing maiden under rules Babytaggle has a lowly rating and looks way out of his depth here.