Ballyandy and Moon Racer set to clash at Perth

Last two winners of the the Champion Bumper will face-off on Thursday

Ballyandy and Moon Racer set to clash at Perth

The last two winners of the Champion Bumper are set to go head-to-head when they both make their hurdling debuts at Perth on Thursday.

2015 winner Moon Racer returned from over a year off the track at Punchestown in April when just touched off in the Champion INH Flat Race.

Trainer David Pipe is looking forward to seeing the seven-year-old in action in the Racing Post Readers Award Novices' Hurdle.

"He's in good form and his work and schooling has gone well. We were keen to get him out early, they get decent ground up there and this has been the long-term plan.

"It will be good to get a run into him and the owners are looking forward to travelling up there to watch him. "I'm sure everyone at Perth will be very happy with the turnout."

2016 winner Ballyandy won four times in bumpers last season, including a victory by just a nose at Cheltenham in March, before finishing fourth at the Grand National meeting at Aintree.

Steve Wignall who part-owns the 5yo said: "It looks a very good contest for this time of year, but we're looking forward to it. I was at Nigel's last week and he is very happy with our horse. He's in good form."

"Cheltenham was fantastic and he travelled well at Aintree before getting a bit tired. He's now had a nice rest and hopefully he'll have another decent season."

A total of eight runners are set to go to post on Thursday.