Tolworth test for The Liquidator at Sandown on Saturday
Last Updated: 31/12/13 1:49pm
The Liquidator: Lines up at Sandown
David Pipe expects to learn more about The Liquidator's Cheltenham prospects after Saturday's 32Red Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown.
Some fascinating runners have been entered in the Grade One, with a Willie Mullins quartet of Champion Bumper winner Briar Hill, Gitane Du Berlais, Upazo and Vautour potentially in the line-up.
Other promising novices like Nicky Henderson's Josses Hill, Philip Hobbs' prolific The Skyfarmer, unbeaten jumper and classy Flat performer Mijhaar and Paul Nicholls' slick German recruit Irving are also in the mix.
The Liquidator has done little wrong himself, finishing fourth in the Champion Bumper, winning at Punchestown and taking his two hurdles at Carlisle and Cheltenham in good style.
"At the weekend, the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown looks like being a real humdinger," the trainer told www.davidpipe.com.
"The stable has Grade One winner The Liquidator, who is unbeaten in two starts over timber.
"The race should certainly provide a few clues to the novices' events for the Festival in March."
The Liquidator is one of the 12/1 co-favourites with the sponsors for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.