The Liquidator: can be backed at 20-1 for the Supreme Novices' HurdlePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Pipe faces race to get The Liquidator to the festival
DAVID PIPE has admitted he is facing a race against time to get The Liquidator ready for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle, which he was vying for favouritism in until flopping at Kempton last time.
Fourth in the Champion Bumper at last year's Cheltenham Festival, The Liquidator, who runs in the colours of Roger Brookhouse, made a pleasing start to his career over hurdles at Carlisle in October and followed up with an impressive win at Grade 2 level at Cheltenham in November.
He was sent off favourite for the rearranged Tolworth Hurdle at Kempton in January, but was well beaten and finished fifth of the six runners.
Bookmakers offer 20-1 about him winning the Supreme, but Pipe said: "He wasn't right after Kempton and it's taken a long time to get him right.
"We still need everything to go right to get him to Cheltenham, but he seems in good form and hopefully we can get him there."
Pipe had more positive news about Red Sherlock, who emerged as a big player for the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle after beating the Willie Mullins-trained Rathvinden at Cheltenham in January.
The trainer also had an upbeat bulletin on Kings Palace, ante-post favourite for the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle.
"I thought Rathvinden would take a lot of beating, but Red Sherlock put up a good performance," added Pipe, who was talking on The Morning Line.
"We were getting 3lb, from Rathvinden, but it was still a good performance and I think we won with a bit in hand.
"Kings Palace had three quick races [before Christmas] so we decided to give him a break. He went for a gallop at Exeter the other week and went nicely - he's in good form."
Pipe, who said just one winner at Cheltenham would be "fantastic", thinks Dynaste has a great chance in the Ryanair Chase and confirmed Gevrey Chambertin on course for the RSA Chase.